The Lord Mayor ("Oberbürgermeister") is the head of the Municipal Administration ("Magistrat") and is a full-time member of this body.
Unlike all other members of the Municipal Administration, he is directly elected by the citizens of the city – with a term of office lasting six years.
The Lord Mayor's duties include, among other things, the preparation of the magistrate's resolutions, chairing Municipal Administration meetings, externally representing the Municipal Administration, distributing responsibilities among the departments, and organizing the City Administration.The Lord Mayor is the supervisor for all city employees.
Peter Feldmann (SPD), elected in July 2012, left office on 11 November 2022.
Mayor Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg (DIE GRÜNEN) will take over the official duties until the new elections in March 2023.