Office of the Mayor


The Mayor, elected by and from the qualified voters of the city, is the chief executive officer of the city. They hold office for the term of two years from the first Monday in January following the election and until thier successor is elected and qualified.


  • The mayor is the chief executive officer, centralizing executive power, and oversees the daily operations.
  • The mayor directs the administrative structure, appointing department heads and members of certain boards and commissions. 
  • While the council has legislative power, the mayor has veto power.


As the official head of the City, the Mayor represents Gardner in more formal functions, which include presiding over School Committee and Williams-Rockwell Committee, overseeing Department Heads, hosting and attending events, and helping to grow partnerships-publicly and privately-that further the City's cultural and economic development.

Accordingly, the Mayor collaborates with municipalities in the region, as well as counterparts in other cities across the state, nation, and world, in order to identify common challenges and opportunities, and better promote our own city as an exciting place to live, work, learn and play.