The Mayor is elected every seven years by citizens who are entitled to vote by general, direct, free, equal and secret ballot. The election is based on the majority vote system.
In urban districts as well as in communities with more than 25 000 inhabitants, a mayor is also referred to as "lord mayor" where the municipal code of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt differentiates between honorary and full-time mayors. In the case of the capital city Magdeburg, the full-time elected Mayor serves an entire term of office as head of the municipal administration. In order to perform official and representative tasks, the Mayor is appointed as a civil servant where his salary and additional benefits for carrying out official duties are based on municipal salary regulations laid down by the Land of Saxony-Anhalt.
A mayor’s main task is to represent the city and promote its interests. He/she is the superior of all persons employed by the city and becomes, by virtue of his/her office, a member of the city council which normally includes committee chairmanships. In exercising his/her duty, the Mayor is responsible for a variety of tasks which include:
The Mayor Dr Lutz Trümper was born on 1st October 1955 in Oschersleben. The holder of a doctorate in natural science moved to Magdeburg during his studies. Dr Trümper is married and has a grown-up daughter.
From 1992 to 2000 he was head of the department for Clinical Centre Development at the Medical Faculty of the University of Magdeburg. He resigned from his position when he was appointed Secretary of State for the Ministry of Regional Development, Agriculture and Environment in Saxony-Anhalt.
For six years, from 1994 to 2000, Dr Trümper served Magdeburg as a member of the city council where he actively contributed to the shaping of the capital city's future.
On 20 May 2001, he won the municipal elections and became full-time Mayor of Magdeburg. As Mayor he is both head of the administration and highest representative of the capital city Magdeburg. His term of office began on 1 July 2001.
On 9th March 2008 Dr Trümper was re-elected by the citizens of Magdeburg, winning an absolute majority of 64% and therefore being appointed to serve another seven-year term of office as Mayor of the capital city Magdeburg.
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