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Mayor of Marlborough

Arthur Vigeant is the current Mayor of Marlborough, who was first elected in 2012 and reelected in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. He is also a member of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City of Marlborough. Elected every two years, the Mayor is responsible for the daily operation of city government, as well as serving as Chair to the Marlborough School Committee. The primary duty of the Mayor’s office is to set the city’s annual budget and tax rate, as approved by the Marlborough City Council. The Mayor also oversees and manages city department heads and agencies, ensures the enforcement of state and city laws, charters and ordinances, makes recommendations to the City Council on all matters of public policy, and, with the approval of the City Council, appoints city officials, department heads, and members of boards and committees with the exception of any offices or personnel who serve under the City Council or School Department.


Marlborough City Council

The Marlborough City Council serves as the legislative branch responsible for enacting laws, reviewing the annual operating budget, confirming mayoral appointments, and providing the necessary balance to the actions of the local government’s executive branch. The City Council is comprised of eleven elected members—seven “Ward Councilors” and four “At-Large” members—and one member is elected annually to serve as City Council President. City councilors serve a two-year term of office, co-terminus with the Mayor. The City Council maintains an office at City Hall and holds bi-monthly public meetings.


The Museum in the Streets

A self-guided historical walking tour of the City of Marlborough, Massachusetts

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Overview of Marlborough's History

Marlborough was declared a town in 1660 and a city in 1890. As population, business and travel grew in the colonies, Marlborough became a favorite stop along the Boston Post Road. Many travelers frequented the city’s inns and taverns, including President George Washington, who visited the Williams Tavern in 1789.

In 1836, Samuel Boyd, known as the “father of the city,” opened the first shoe manufacturing business in Marlborough. By 1890, with the establishment of The Frye Boot Company, the city was a major shoe-manufacturing center, producing footwear for Union soldiers and local citizens. This continued well into the 1970s, when the Rockport Company was founded in the city.

In the 1980s, manufacturing gave way to high technology and other specialized industries. With the construction of the Mass Turnpike and Routes 495 and 290 opening up easy access to the city, Marlborough solidified its position as the crossroads of New England.