Office of the Mayor

Michael O'Connor was born in Frederick. He graduated from Saint John's at Prospect Hall High School (now Saint John's Catholic Prep) in 1984, and Saint Bonaventure University, with a double major in history and mass communication, in 1988. Michael spent nearly 20 years in local media as a reporter, news director, talk show host, senior producer, and moderator with WJEJ, Hagerstown (1988-89), WFMD-WFRE, Frederick (1989-1997), and Comcast (Adelphia, GS Communications) Cable Channel 10, Frederick (1997-2006).

Prior to becoming Mayor in 2017, Michael served as the business manager at Saint Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Congregation in Frederick. He also spent nine years as adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College (2000-2009).

Michael was first elected to the Board of Alderman, in 2009, and re-elected in 2013. He has been the chair of the Streets and Sanitation Committee, and the aldermanic liaison to the Airport Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Celebrate Frederick, and Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Boards. He also represented the Alderman on the Blight and Vacant Property Task Force.

Michael is a member of the Community Action Agency and Tourism Council Boards, the Maryland Municipal League Board of Directors and Legislative Committee, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors.


In the community, he has been a volunteer with various organizations including Saint Katharine Drexel, the Frederick County Workforce Development Board, Friends of Catholic Education, Saint John's Catholic Prep, Frederick Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, and Aspire Frederick. Michael resides in NAC 6 with wife, Tammy, their two daughters, and two dogs.