Mayor John A. McNally

Mayor John A. McNally and Family


In 1991, Mayor McNally graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service. Mayor McNally received his Juris Doctor and Master's in Public Administration in 1996 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Levin College of Urban Affairs. From 1998 until 2002, Mayor McNally served as Assistant Law Director for the City of Youngstown. From 2002 through 2004, he served as Law Director for the City of Youngstown. Finally, he served as Mahoning County Commissioner from 2005-2012 and won the General Election to serve as Mayor of Youngstown on November 5, 2013.

Mayor McNally formerly served as a Trustee for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and formerly served as Trustee for Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, Park Vista Retirement Center, and the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership. Mayor McNally was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He resides in Youngstown with his wife, Virginia and their two daughters, Cara and Casey.

Connect With Mayor McNally

Mayor's Weekly Spotlight
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BE BRILLIANT! Join us for the 2014 downtown holiday parade and in our efforts to Illuminate Youngstown! The City of Youngstown with the cooperation of media partner WFMJ, OH WOW! and other downtown businesses and organizations is excited to host this year’s holiday parade on Friday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m. We hope you will consider participating with a float, band, car, or walking group entry! All parade forms are available at the link below! If you can't join us in the parade, we look forward to seeing you in the crowd and at OH WOW! during FREE admission hours 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. And, don't forget to get your picture with the #YtownYeti! Coming soon to a downtown window near you!
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5 Minutes With The Mayor

Come and tell the mayor what is on your mind! Your 5 minutes of time with Mayor McNally is on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions are normally scheduled every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Refer to the calendar below for scheduled dates.

Mayor's Calendar Highlights
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According to the Youngstown Home Rule Charter, the City of Youngstown’s Executive Branch is led by the Mayor of Youngstown who is elected on a nonpartisan ballot to a four-year term. The Mayor must be a qualified elector, at least 30 years old and a City resident for five years immediately preceding the election. The Mayor shall hold no other public office except that of a notary public. The Mayor may serve two complete, consecutive four-year terms and will be eligible for re-election after an intervening term. As the chief executive officer of the City, the Mayor’s duties include:

  • Supervising City government administration
  • Keeping the peace
  • Ensuring city ordinances are enforced
  • Recommending legislation to City Council
  • Advising Council on the financial condition and needs of the community
  • Preparing and submitting to Council any reports it requires
  • Appointing and removing directors of all City departments, as well as members of City boards and commissions
  • Representing the City’s interest with officials in Columbus and Washington, DC

The Mayor and Department heads shall be entitled to seats in Council but shall not be given voting privileges. The Mayor shall have the right to introduce ordinances and take part in the discussion of all matters coming before Council.

When the Mayor is absent from the City, or is unable for any reason to perform his duties, the President of City Council is the acting Mayor. The Youngstown Home Rule Charter requires that the Mayor’s Administrative Council, which consists of the Mayor and the heads of departments/divisions, meet at least once each month to discuss matters relating to the administration of City affairs and the improvement of methods and procedures in various departments.

The Mayor’s day to day activities focus on overseeing and coordinating the work of the City’s six administrative departments: Law, Finance, Public Works, Water & other public utilities, Police and Fire, as well as the Park and Recreation Commission and the City District Board of Health.


Contact Information

1st Floor, City Hall
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown , OH 44503
Office Phone:330.742.8701
Hours:8 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday
Name Title/Phone/E-mail
Jonathan Bentley Executive Director, Human Relations Commission
Darlene Hightower Secretary Human Relations
Michael McGiffin, ext. 27 Coordinator of Downtown Events & Special Projects
John A. McNally Mayor
Loretta Moore Executive Secretary
Mayor's Office TDD for the Deaf
Nancy Walsh Secretary/Clerk