List of mayors of Cologne

Summary

This is a list of mayors of Cologne. It includes the Lord Mayors of Cologne (Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Köln) since 1815 as well as the city managers (Oberstadtdirektoren) from 1946 to 1999.

Mayors since 1815

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Coat of arms of Cologne
 
Cologne City Hall

Lord Mayors of Cologne (1815–1945)

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In Prussia

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  • 1815–1819: Karl Joseph Freiherr von Mylius
  • 1819–1823: von Monschaw
  • 1823–1848: Johann Adolf Steinberger
  • 1848–1851: Friedrich Wilhelm Gräff
  • 1851–1863: Hermann Joseph Stupp
  • 1863–1871: Alexander Bachem

German Reich

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Political party:

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Days
German Empire (1871–1918)
  Alexander Bachem
(1806–1878)
18 January 1871 29 May 1875 1592 Independent
  Hermann Heinrich Becker
(1820–1885)
5 June 1875 9 Dezember 1885 3840 German Progress Party
  Friedrich Wilhelm von Becker
(1835–1924)
1 June 1886 14 September 1907 7774 Christian Democratic Union
  Max Wallraf
(1886–1962)
1 October 1907 8 August 1917 3599 Independent
  Konrad Adenauer
(1876–1967)
18 October 1917 9 November 1918 387 Centre Party
Weimar Republic (1918–1933)
  Konrad Adenauer
(1876–1967)
9 November 1918 30 January 1933 5196 Centre Party
Nazi Germany (1933–1945)
  Konrad Adenauer
(1876–1967)
30 January 1933 13 March 1933 42 Centre Party
  Günter Riesen
(1892–1951)
Acting
13 March 1933 8 December 1936 1366 Nazi Party
Karl Georg Schmidt
(1904–1940)
20 January 1937 26 November 1940 1406 Nazi Party
Peter Winkelnkemper
(1902–1944)
3 January 1941 20 June 1944 1264 Nazi Party
Robert Brandes
(1899–1987)
Acting
20 June 1944 6 March 1945 259 Nazi Party

Lord Mayor of Cologne (1945–present)

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Political party:   CDU   SPD

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Days
French occupation zone (1945–1949)
1   Konrad Adenauer
(1876–1967)
4 May 1945 6 October 1945 155 Christian Democratic Union
Willi Suth
(1881–1956)
Acting
6 October 1945 20 November 1945 45 Christian Democratic Union
2   Hermann Pünder
(1888–1976)
20 November 1945 23 August 1946 276 Christian Democratic Union
On 23 August 1946, Cologne became a city of the newly founded state of North Rhine-Westphalia
(2)   Hermann Pünder
(1888–1976)
23 August 1946 31 May 1948 647 Christian Democratic Union
3   Ernst Schwering
(1886–1962)
1 June 1948 15 November 1948 167 Christian Democratic Union
4 Robert Görlinger
(1888–1954)
15 November 1948 23 May 1949 189 Social Democratic Party
Federal Republic of Germany (1949–present)
North Rhine-Westphalia became a federal state of the Federal Republic of Germany
(4) Robert Görlinger
(1888–1954)
23 May 1949 9 December 1949 200 Social Democratic Party
5   Ernst Schwering
(1886–1962)
9 December 1949 23 November 1950 349 Christian Democratic Union
6 Robert Görlinger
(1888–1954)
23 November 1950 8 November 1951 350 Social Democratic Party
7   Ernst Schwering
(1886–1962)
8 November 1951 9 November 1956 1828 Christian Democratic Union
8   Theo Burauen
(1906–1987)
9 November 1956 17 December 1973 6247 Social Democratic Party
9 John van Nes Ziegler
(1921–2006)
20 December 1973 28 October 1980 2504 Social Democratic Party
10   Norbert Burger
(1932–2012)
28 October 1980 30 September 1999 6911 Social Democratic Party
11 Harry Blum
(1944–2000)
1 October 1999 17 March 2000 168 Christian Democratic Union
12   Fritz Schramma
(born 1947)
20 September 2000 20 October 2009 3317 Christian Democratic Union
13   Jürgen Roters
(born 1949)
21 October 2009 20 October 2015 2190 Social Democratic Party
14   Henriette Reker
(born 1956)
22 October 2015 Incumbent 3186 Independent

City managers 1946–1999

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  • 1946–1953: Dr. Willi Suth
  • 1953–1965: Dr. Max Adenauer
  • 1965–1977: Prof. Dr. Heinz Mohnen
  • 1977–1989: Kurt Rossa
  • 1989–1998: Lothar Ruschmeier
  • 1998–1999: Klaus Heugel

See also

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