Boston’s first Black Mayor says goodbye after her short, impressive performance in office.


Dear neighbors,

It has been my honor to serve you as the 55th Mayor of Boston.

Over the course of this year, I have seen our city for all of its richness and beauty — from the Citgo sign in the Fenway to the Simco’s sign in Mattapan, from Jamaica Pond to the Frog Pond, from Copley Square to Nubian Square.

What stands out most in Boston, and what I love most about our city, are you, her people. Our small business owners and our seniors. Our veterans and our teachers. Our artists and our activists. You are making Boston better every day.

Together, we have worked throughout this global pandemic to help keep families in their homes and help local businesses stay open. We’ve worked with friends and neighbors to become one of the most vaccinated cities in America. We’ve reopened our schools and our libraries. We’ve taken steps to build a government that is more just and a city that is more joyful.

The work of building a great city, however, is never finished. 

Today, we will welcome a new administration into the Mayor’s Office. I am proud to pass the baton to Michelle Wu and thrilled to call her Madam Mayor. I know that she will work with all of you to build that even better Boston. And, I know that she will value all of the energy and creativity that you bring to our city, just as I did.

While I will be leaving this role today, I look forward to continuing to work with you to help strengthen the city that gave me everything.

With love and gratitude,

Kim Janey
Mayor of Boston

Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02201, United States