Josef Müller (politician, 1938)

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Josef "Jupp" Müller (born June 8, 1938 in Porz am Rhein ) is a German CDU politician and was Mayor of Cologne from 2000 to 2009 , thus Deputy Mayor Fritz Schramma .


Josef Müller was born on June 8, 1938 in Porz-Zündorf . At the age of 14 Josef Müller joined the Junge Union , later became a member of the CDU and in 2000 first mayor of the city of Cologne.

Josef Müller looks back on more than 25 years of experience in local politics. In 2008 he is the oldest and longest-serving member of the Cologne City Council . He has been a member of the Council since May 4, 1975. From 1972 to 1975 he sat on the council of the former city of Porz.

From 1969 to 1972 he was an expert resident in the building committee of the then city of Porz . He was then a member of the council of the former city of Porz until 1975 and since May 4th 1975 a member of the council of the city of Cologne. On September 20, 2000, Müller became First Mayor and thus 1st Deputy Mayor of the City of Cologne. In addition to his role as mayor, Müller was a city council member in numerous council committees and supervisory boards of companies close to the city.

From 1986 to 2000 he was managing director of the CDU parliamentary group in the Cologne City Council and took on this task again in 2006.

In addition to his mayoral work, Josef Müller was a member of the property committee, the main committee and the committee for art and culture. He was also represented on the supervisory boards of Koelnmesse GmbH , Koelnmesse Ausstellung GmbH, RheinEnergie AG , Gas- und Elektrizitätswerke AG (GEW) , as well as in the Sparkasse KölnBonn association and on the board of trustees of the Porz am Rhein Hospital Foundation.

Josef Müller is one of the founding fathers of the Porzer Inselfest , which has been organized by the CDU for more than 30 years. The preferred focal points of his work as first mayor were: safety and cleanliness, school renovation, the fountains and the further development of downtown Porz. He also campaigned for young families to be able to build inexpensively in Cologne.

Outside of his political offices, Josef Müller is active in numerous other honorary posts, such as honorary chairman of the Cäcilia Zündorf choir community, honorary senator of the Honorary Guard of the City of Cologne in 1902 or as Senate President of the Guard Corps Blau-Weiß Zündorf . Josef Müller is married. He and his wife Gertrud have five children and nine grandchildren.

An official birthday ceremony in the historic town hall on his 70th birthday was also the unofficial farewell party for Josef Müller from the political stage, as he would end his political career at the age of 71 with the new election of the city council on August 30, 2009, in order to retire to go.

On January 31, 2009, however, Mayor Müller prematurely resigned from all political offices.

The cause was a public discussion about a controversial consultancy contract from the year 2000. According to this, Müller received three times 200,000 DM each from a subsidiary of Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf between 2001 and 2003 without any practical consideration for this sum. In fact, however, these amounts were paid by the then Stadtsparkasse Köln (today Sparkasse KölnBonn ). The public prosecutor's office investigated both Josef Müller and the then Cologne savings bank boss Gustav Adolf Schröder, as well as two savings bank managers from Düsseldorf who had since retired. Against Josef Müller was because of personal gain in the office as well as aid to infidelity determined. On March 9, 2009 the investigation was closed due to the statute of limitations.

The Sparkasse Köln / Bonn filed a civil action after the criminal proceedings were discontinued. Before the start of the process, the Sparkasse Köln / Bonn, the former Sparkasse boss Gustav Adolf Schröder and Josef Müller agreed to a settlement proposal of the court after an initial hearing at the Cologne District Court, according to which Mr. Schröder and Mr. Müller jointly and severally transfer € 250,000 to Stadtsparkasse Köln / To repay Bonn.

After leaving active local politics, J. Müller turned increasingly to voluntary activities. In the same year he was elected chairman of the local associations in Zündorf, the promotion of which was a particular concern of his throughout his political career.

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  1. Dubious consulting contract Mayor Josef Müller resigns from on February 2, 2009, accessed on August 28, 2016
  2. Cologne consultant affair: allegations expire Aachener Zeitung from March 9, 2009, accessed on August 28, 2016
  3. ^ "Sparkasse accepts settlement proposal" Generalanzeiger Bonn of July 3, 2010, accessed on August 28, 2016