I was born in Worcester to Francis and Bernadine Petty and grew up in the Hadwen Square neighborhood. I attended Heard St. Elementary School, Worcester East Middle, and graduated from Holy Name Central Catholic High School. I went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nichols College and a law degree from New England School of Law.

I served as a Councilor-at-Large on the Worcester City Council for 14 years beginning in 1997, after winning my first election to office.  After serving six two-year terms on the council, I mounted a campaign for Mayor in 2011 and was inaugurated as the City’s 59th Mayor in January of 2012.

I believe providing reliable police and fire service, and exercising budgetary prudence at City Hall are of the highest priority. I am a strong advocate for improving the city’s infrastructure, especially in our schools and neighborhoods.

My agenda, both as Councilor and now as Mayor, has been consistently focused on education, jobs, public safety, and neighborhoods.  I work closely with state, federal, and community agencies fostering relationships between the public and private sectors.

Colleagues and constituents know me as a voice of reason and as the consensus builder on the council, a leadership style of which he is proud.

I am happily married to my wife Gayle and I am the proud father of three children.