Office of the Mayor
The Office of the Mayor provides leadership in the formulation of public policies to meet the community’s needs. The Mayor and professional staff create and communicate a vision and management structure that enables all departments and employees of The City of Frederick to effectively serve the citizens of Frederick.
Early Life & Education
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 to 1989), WFMD-WFRE, Frederick (1989 to 1997), and Comcast (Adelphia, GS Communications) Cable Channel 10, Frederick (1997 to 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 to 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
- Celebrate Frederick and Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Boards
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Parks and Recreation Commission
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:
- Aspire Frederick
- The Frederick County Workforce Development Board
- Frederick Jaycees
- Friends of Catholic Education
- Knights of Columbus
- Saint John’s Catholic Prep
- Saint Katharine Drexel
Michael resides in Neighborhood Advisory Council 6 with wife, Tammy, their two daughters, and two dogs.
Meet the Office of the Mayor Staff
Gayon Sampson, MPA
Chief of Staff
Marc DeOcampo, AIA, AICP
Director of Strategic Planning and Executive Projects
Manager of Communications
Rebecca DeSantis-Randall, MPA, CAPM
Manager of Equity and Inclusion