Will Flanagan was elected Mayor of Fall River in 2009 after running one of the strongest grassroots campaigns the city had ever seen. A lifelong Fall River resident, Flanagan walked door-to-door through every neighborhood to share his vision for the city's future.
In a city longing for change and searching for hope, Flanagan's plan for improving the city's economy, schools, public safety, and quality of life struck a chord with voters. On Election Day, Flanagan swept to victory with more than 60% of the vote, and quickly began to chart a new course for Fall River.
Since taking office in January 2010, Mayor Flanagan has stabilized the city’s bond rating to make it more attractive for long-term investment. He finalized the long-awaited agreement with UMass Dartmouth to create a Fall River BioPark, and bring as many as 8,000 jobs to Fall River. He brought TPI Composites back to Fall River, to help anchor the city's growing green jobs sector. And he crafted new partnerships with Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth to expand workforce training programs.
Mayor Flanagan is also focused on the future of the city's economy. He continues to fight for state and federal approval and funding for South Coast Rail. He introduced a waterfront rezoning plan that will streamline investment and development along the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay. In an effort to pursue every job opportunity for city residents, Flanagan met with Tribal Leaders to discuss the potential for a resort casino in the city. And he has been working with state and federal leaders to identify new strategies for job creation.
Over the course of his career, Mayor Flanagan has compiled a wealth of experience in city management. During law school, he interned in Taunton's legal department. There he learned how the law can impact a city and its citizens, and also developed a passion for public service. Flanagan went on to serve as the assistant attorney for Taunton, advising the city's mayor, council, department heads, and police and fire chiefs.
Following his service in Taunton, Flanagan joined the office of Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter as an assistant district attorney. In the courtroom, he established himself as a leader in public safety, prosecuting criminals and working to keep Fall River's streets safe for families, seniors, and businesses.
A product of Fall River public schools, Mayor Flanagan went on to graduate from Diman Vocational High School, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Roger Williams University School of Law. He is committed to strengthening the city's public school system, to ensure that every child in the city has an opportunity for success.
Flanagan lives in Fall River with his wife Marlene.