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According to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, “the executive and administrative power of the City, as it now exists, shall be exclusively vested in and exercised by a Mayor and such other officers, departments, boards and commissions as are designated and authorized in this charter.” The Mayor is elected to four-year terms and may only remain in office for two consecutive terms. In order to qualify to be Mayor, an individual must be at least 25 years old and have lived in the City of Philadelphia for the past 3 years. The Mayor is responsible for overseeing all nearly 30,000 city employees, negotiating contracts, promoting Philadelphia trade and tourism, making appointments to various boards and agencies, and presiding over the city’s budget.

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    Jim Kenney
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What reform do you believe is most important to making City Hall more transparent, accessible and responsive to the voters?

It has been a top priority of my Administration to create a government that is more transparent, accessible, and responsive to residents. I believe this is essential to creating greater public trust in our government institutions. We’ve worked towards this goal in a number of different ways.

We completely transformed phila.gov, our City’s website, making it more user-friendly with easy access to hundreds of City services on a single platform, with improved readability, and greater language accessibility.

After conducting a comprehensive resident survey to better understand the needs and concerns of Philadelphians, we learned how residents wanted their city government to operate and provide better city services. The results of this survey helped inform my budget decisions and investments in city infrastructure, education, public safety, and more.

We’ve also facilitated greater transparency and data sharing by releasing dozens of open data sets for the first time, including data on the salaries of City employees. Additionally, we’ve strengthened the oversight capabilities of the Office of the Inspector General to help ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly across all City departments.

These are just some of the improvements we’ve made in this regard during my first term. I’m always open to hearing from residents about how we can continue to make local government more transparent, accessible, and responsive.