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Mayor Mark O'Brien was sworn into office on January 6th, 2022. O'Brien is an Augusta native and has previously been elected to the Augusta City Council five times (2001-2003 and 2006-2014 and 2017-2019). O'Brien has had a devoted career in public service - spending more than 34 years working as an attorney for the Federal Government with the U.S. Small Business Administration assisting small businesses. 

“In the short-term, my first task is to do no harm,” said O'Brien. “Long-term, when I’m done, I want to be able to say Augusta is a better place than it is today. More vibrant, more compassionate, more diverse, more affordable, more culturally rich, more liveable, more desirable. In between now and then, I want to set a positive, respectful tone for our City Council meetings, both amongst ourselves and in our interactions with the public. I want Augusta to be known as a welcoming city for individuals and businesses alike.”

The Mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the city. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the council and shall perform such other duties not inconsistent with his office as the council may impose. The Mayor shall vote only when there is a tie vote of the Council. The Mayor shall appoint and the council confirm all members of the municipal boards and commissions, except the Mayor may exclusively appoint members to ad-hoc committees.

The Augusta City Council is composed of nine elected citizens, including the Mayor, who oversee all City government activities. No person shall serve as Mayor for more than three consecutive three-year terms. The City Council establishes the legislative policies of the City, adopts and amends ordinances and local laws as necessary for proper management of the City government, provides for the exercise of all powers of local government vested in the City by Charter or State law, appropriates municipal resources and sets the tax rate for the provision of public services, and appoints qualified persons to vacancies on City Boards and Commissions. The Council deals with legislative matters as a body and its policy decisions are implemented through the City Manager’s Office.

Augusta residents can request a Mayoral letter of proclamation to commemorate a significant event with importance to the residents and businesses of Augusta or to celebrate the 100th birthday of an Augusta resident.

The Mayor does not keep any regular office hours but can be reached through his e-mail address at
City of Augusta
16 Cony Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Work Phone (207) 626-2300
Home Phone (207) 485-2665
Fax (207) 620-8174