Former Visiting Researcher elected as Mayor in Germany
Dirk Breuer, 38, a CLRG Visiting Researcher in 2003, began his term last October 2015 as Mayor (Bürgermeister) of the City of Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Hürth is located six kilometers southwest of the City of Cologne. On 13 September 2015, Breuer was elected by an absolute majority in the first ballot with 56.39 percent of votes cast.
The Mayor of Hurth chairs the city's 44-member city council (Stadtrat) and functions as the city's highest representative, chief of administration and implementer of responsibilities conferred on the position by the German Municipal Code.
In 2003, Breuer undertook a research practicum in the Philippines for his Diploma in Administrative Sciences at the University of Konstanz, with CLRG as his base. He was even able to attend two weeks of an on-going batch of the Local Administration and Development Program (LADP) for mayors and vice mayors. After completing his studies, he served at the German Federal Parliament as Chief of Staff of MP Willi Zelajew. He would later take on leadership roles for the Rhein-Erft-Kreis district of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in North Rhine-Westphalia and investment management for the City of Bonn. He was elected to the Hürth city council in 2009 and became leader of the CDU faction in city council in 2012.
Breuer has managed to keep in touch with some of the Center's staff and continues to acknowledge his brief stint at CLRG as part of his formation. Congratulations Mr. Mayor!
Dirk Breuer's personal page (German only)
Website City of Hürth (English and German)
Photo credits: dirk-breuer.de
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