Mayor's Biography

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Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer was born August 10th 1947 in Reading to a working class family. Mayor Spencer's father, Earl D. Spencer, worked as a Reading police officer for 22 years; and his mother, Blanche V. Spencer, worked at Albright College. He has an older Sister, Sandi and a younger Brother, Gary.

Mayor Spencer is a life-long Reading resident and is an alumnus of Reading Senior High (1965). He graduated from Cheyney University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences (1969).

Vaughn D. Spencer was sworn in as the first African-American Mayor of The City of Reading on January 1st, 2012. He served as City Council President from 2002 to 2011. Mayor Spencer's experience working in the public sector spans more than 10 years when he was appointed to fill the District 3 Council seat vacated in January 2000.

Prior to his District 3 appointment, Mayor Spencer served on the Reading Airport Authority Board of Directors and the Police Athletic League (PAL) Board, which has since merged with the Olivets Boys and Girls Club, the Pennsylvania State Education Association PACE Board and the Executive Board of the Reading Education Association. He also serves on the Executive Board for the United Labor Council of Reading and Berks County and the United Communities Services for Working Families Board.

In addition to serving as Council President, Mayor Spencer served for over 30 years as a teacher in the Reading school district. He is convinced of the importance of a quality education for a better future, and through all his years working with Reading's youth he is determined to create more economic opportunity for young adults in Reading.

Mayor Spencer is held in high esteem by faculty, students and the citizens of Reading. The Caron Foundation named Mayor Spencer Teacher of the Year in 2000. He has also received awards such as the Susan B. Weinberger Award in 1999 for YES Mentoring and has been named Teacher of the Year 1997 by Jr. Achievement of Berks County. He is a member of both the Southern Middle School Hall of Fame and the Northeast Middle School Hall of Fame. Mr. Spencer was named an Honorary Marine by the Reading High School Jr. ROTC IN 2008. In 2009, the African American Coalition Organization of Reading presented him their Community Service Award.

The Mayor works out every morning and in his spare time he likes to watch sports (he's a lifelong Cleveland Browns and San Francisco Giants fan) and Jeopardy! on TV, and is also an avid reader.

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