The Worcester City Council, the policy-setting arm of the City, derives its powers from the City Charter. It authorizes public improvements and expenditures, adopts regulations and ordinances, levies taxes, controls the finances and property taxes of the City, and performs many related legislative tasks.
Worcester was first established as a town in 1722 and became a city in 1848. The first Mayor of the City of Worcester was Levi Lincoln in 1848. Today, we have a meeting room in City Hall, Levi Lincoln Chamber, named in his honor.
The first female Mayor of Worcester was Sara Robertson in 1982. Followed by the second female Mayor Konstantina Lukes in 2007.
Charles E. Scott was Worcester's longest serving African-American city councilor, serving from 1918 to 1921 and from 1926 until his death in 1938. He was only the second African-American elected to the council at that time.
Worcester transitioned from a Strong Mayor system to City Manager in 1950. The City's first City Manager was Everett Merrill in 1950.
View the complete list of City Council Members from 1950 to today.
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