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Mayor Annise D. Parker serves as the Executive Officer of the City. As the City's chief administrator and official representative, the Mayor is responsible for the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Administrative duties include the appointments, with Council approval, of department heads and persons serving on advisory boards.

As Executive Officer, the Mayor administers oaths and signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances passed by City Council. The Mayor also serves a legislative function, presiding over City Council with voting privileges. The Mayor is responsible for advising Council of the City's financial condition and presents to Council an annual budget for approval.

2015 State of the City Address

Good afternoon everyone. Today I stand before you for the sixth and final time. I admit that it is a bittersweet occasion. It is a time to celebrate accomplishments, but it is also a reminder that time is running out to do more. I love this city! I love the people who live here, and that love has been the driving force behind every decision I’ve made.

I want to talk about my Houston. I talk about Houston a lot. I’ve had an unprecedented amount of media attention during my terms as Mayor, and it’s given me an unparalleled opportunity to share my city with the world. Note that: my Houston, my city. I was born and have spent all my adult life here, so it’s the city with which I am most familiar, but it’s mine for more than that. Any Mayor is the public face and voice of her city, performing ceremonial duties, providing routine information and delivering crisis communications. It’s my city for more than that. In a strong Mayor city I not only lead the city, but I also run the city, but it’s my city in more ways that, too.....

Video recapping Mayor Parker’s accomplishments:
Video of the entire SOC program:

2014 Inaugural Address

Mayor Annise D. Parker
January 2, 2014

Thank you for trusting me to continue in what I believe is the best job in America. To serve you is my greatest honour. I remain excited to go to work each and every day.

I congratulate our City Controller and our City Council Members. I know personally the duties they have assumed today, and I salute their service. Each one of us worked diligently, passionately, (some over a period of years) to achieve these positions. We recognize the sacred trust we have assumed. Whatever our differences in philosophy, in personality, in opinions, we will endeavor to reward your faith in us ...