Mayor Gallagher

Mayor Brian Gallagher

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Brian Gallagher, age 52, is the Mayor of the Borough of Somerville.

Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, he is the fourth of five children.

Brian attended St. Genevieve Grammar School in Elizabeth, then Seton Hall Prep in South Orange. His college years were spent in New Hampshire and in England at New England College, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Brian met his wife Lisa, and in 1991 they were married and settled in Somerville, and they now have five children: Brian, Jr. - 22, Annie - 21, Ian - 20, Brendan - 18, Maura - 11.

Brian began his active participation in local government serving as the first chair of the Somerset County Juvenile Conference Committee in the early 90's. He was subsequently appointed to sit on the Somerville Parking and Traffic Committee. In 2001 he was appointed to the Somerville Borough Council to fill an unexpired council term. Later that year he ran, and was elected to the Borough Council. In 2003 he ran and won the Mayor's seat by 3 votes, securing his first four year term beginning in 2004. Brian has been Mayor for 13 years, and is currently serving in his fourth consecutive four-year term as Mayor since 2004.

His vision for Somerville is one of vibrancy, culture and a return to Somerville being "downtown Somerset County". His coordination and planning have helped Somerville realize a rebirth socially, culturally, economically and physically. Under his leadership, the Borough has seen four redevelopment areas declared within the 2.2 square mile Borough, each in a different phase of redevelopment, and each with varying issues to be tackled ranging from contamination to neighborhood impact.

In addition to being Mayor, Brian serves on the Somerville Planning Board, the Somerville Library Board, the Regional Center Partnership Board and a host of other Borough committees. Brian is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; a past member of the Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee; a member of the Somerville Elks; and, he is a past president of the Union County 200 Club. Brian works for the State of New Jersey in the Treasury Department as a Procurement Specialist in the Division of Purchase & Property.