Office of the Mayor

Building a Philadelphia that works for every neighborhood with a focus on equity, opportunity, efficiency, and inclusion.

Office of the Mayor

What we do

On January 4, 2016, Jim Kenney was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. In his first budget, the Mayor worked closely with City Council to fund bold anti-poverty initiatives. The initiatives included the expansion of quality pre-k, the creation of community schools, and investing in parks, rec centers, and libraries. These initiatives were possible because Philadelphia became the first major city to pass a tax on sweetened beverages.

The Mayor’s Office works to strengthen every neighborhood by focusing on:

  • Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all of Philadelphia’s children.
  • Improving economic opportunities for all Philadelphians.
  • Improving public safety for all Philadelphians while treating residents with respect and dignity.
  • Operating government efficiently and effectively.
  • Developing a diverse workforce that looks like Philadelphia.


City Hall, Office 215
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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City Plans for potential protests following Breonna Taylor case decision

Following the decision by a Jefferson County grand jury regarding the killing of Breonna Taylor, City officials and the Philadelphia Police Department shared plans to prepare for potential protest activity and large crowds. At this time, the City is aware of one known protest planned for this evening. Additional demonstrations could develop in real-time.

The Philadelphia Police Department will increase officer presence in Center City, including around commercial areas and other key locations. Roving officer details will also be deployed to commercial districts throughout the city. Police traffic patrol will be in place for planned demonstrations, and drivers should expect some delays in the area surrounding City Hall.

The City is not encouraging businesses to close down early. Businesses can take the following steps to prepare for large crowds and potential protest activity:

  • Bring signs, flags, flower pots or any other non-fixed objects inside.
  • Keep the property well-lit when the business is closed.
  • If security cameras are installed, make sure they are in working order and you have data storage available before leaving the property; windows, doors and any access points should be visible to the cameras.
  • Secure all commercial dumpsters.

The City is not recommending that all storefront businesses board up all doors or windows. However, any businesses that are openly accessible because of past vandalism or other reasons should board up so that their properties are properly sealed off. If vandalism appears imminent, business owners are encouraged to secure their property as best and safely as possible. If businesses see vandalism in progress, they are encouraged to call 911.

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James Kenney
James Kenney
Mayor of Philadelphia
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