About the Board of Aldermen

The Board of Aldermen is the City’s legislative branch. Members are elected every two years on the odd-numbered years. Four members serve at large, and seven members represent individual wards. The Board passes ordinances on a broad range of issues, from setting zoning laws to creating boards and commissions. It also has the power to approve or disapprove the Mayor's budget appropriations.

  • Members

  • Meeting Schedules & Streaming

  • City Codes & Ordinances

  • Committees & Commissions

  • Archived Meeting Minutes

The City of Somerville Board of Aldermen line up for a group photograph
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William A. White Jr. President (At-Large)
Katjana Ballantyne Vice President (Ward 7)
John M. Connolly At-Large
Dennis M. Sullivan At-Large
Mary Jo Rossetti At-Large
Matthew McLaughlin Ward 1
Maryann M. Heuston Ward 2
Robert J. McWatters Ward 3
Tony Lafuente Ward 4
Mark Niedergang Ward 5
Lance Davis Ward 6


Visit the City's IQM2 Meeting Portal to:

  • See a calendar of City board and committee meetings
  • Download meeting agendas and minutes
  • Stream meetings live or from our archives
  • And more


Visit Municode.com to:

  • Browse City codes
  • View City ordinances
  • And more

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Standing Committees Special Committees Commissions


Standing Committees

Confirmation of Appointments Maryann Heuston, Robert Mcwatters, Dennis Sullivan, Mary Jo Rossetti, Lance Davis
Finance Tony Lafuente, Maryann Heuston, Katjana Ballantyne, Matthew McLaughlin, William White
Housing and Community Development Mark Niedergang, Tony Lafuente, Katjana Ballantyne
Land Use Lance Davis, Mark Niedergang, William White
Legislative Matters Mary Jo Rossetti, Mark Niedergang, Katjana Ballantyne, Jack Connolly, William White
Licenses and Permits Dennis Sullivan, Maryann Heuston, John Connolly
Public Health and Public Safety John Connolly, Mary Jo Rossetti, Matthew McLaughlin
Public Utilities and Public Works Robert Mcwatters, Tony Lafuente, Lance Davis
Senior Services John Connolly, Dennis Sullivan, William White
Traffic and Parking Robert Mcwatters, Matthew McLaughlin, Tony Lafuente
Veterans and Public Services Matthew McLaughlin, John Connolly, Dennis Sullivan
Youth Services Matthew McLaughlin, Mary Jo Rossetti, Katjana Ballantyne

Special Committees

Open Space, Energy and Environment Katjana Ballantyne, Robert McWatters, Mark Nidergang, Lance Davis, Dennis Sullivan
Flood Forum Maryann Heuston, Mark Niedergang, Robert McWatters
Rodent Issues Maryann Heuston, Matthew McLaughlin, John Connolly
Rules William White, Lance Davis, Mary Jo Rossetti

Commissions and Committees

Affordable Housing Trust Mark Niedergang
Bicycle Advisory Committee Maryann Heuston
Clean and Open Elections Task Force Maryann Heuston
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Jobs Linkage Katjana Ballantyne
Multicultural Affairs Katjana Ballantyne, Matthew McLaughlin
SomerPromise Advisory Board Mary Jo Rossetti
Traffic Commission Robert McWatters
Transfer Charge Task Force Matthew McLaughlin



The City of Somerville is committed to preserving its history and the transparency of its government. It is in this spirit that we proudly offer an archive of Board of Alderman meeting minutes dating back to 1872.