Kimberley Driscoll began her first term as Mayor of the City of Salem in January, 2006. She is the City’s first woman Mayor and prior to being elected served as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts. She also spent four years as Corporation Counsel to the City of Chelsea. Mayor Driscoll has an extensive background in planning and land use development, having worked as a real estate and commercial development attorney in private practice, as well as serving as the Community Development Director for the City of Beverly and as an Assistant Planner for the City of Salem. In addition to her appointive posts, Mayor Driscoll previously served two terms on the Salem City Council.
During Mayor Driscoll’s first year in office, she has worked on professionalizing all aspects of local government in Salem, including resolution of a looming multi-million dollar budget deficit. She brings a wealth of municipal experience to the position and has initiated several projects aimed at enhancing Salem’s reputation as a wonderful community to live, work or visit. Most notably, under the Mayor’s leadership the City has restored financial stability while embracing new projects and programs such as a city-owned ferry service to and from Boston; an updated community web site aimed at improving transparency and customer service; and a complete re-organization of city government aimed at reducing redundancies and streamlining operations. The early success of these efforts has led to renewed interest and investment in Salem, both within the downtown and throughout the community.
Mayor Driscoll currently resides on Glenn Avenue with her husband, Nick, and their three young children, Delaney, Ailish, and Nicholas.