Mayor Wally Scott

Mayor Wally Scott was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. He lived at the former Saint Francis Orphanage, which is now Alvernia University, from 1951 to 1958. In 1969 he graduated from Reading High School and continued to pursue his education at Reading Area Community College and Penn State Berks. His love of education drove him to revisit his educational goals years later, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration Justice, with honors, from Mountain State University in West Virginia in 2006.


Mayor Scott has always held a high regard for family, community and equality. He began serving the citizens of the City of Reading in 1979, as a member of the Reading School Board. He served for 3 years, before he decided to run for District Judge. In 1982, he was elected as District Judge and began his fight for the rights of children and families within the judicial system, handling up to 15,000 cases a year. It was his continued desire to help the people of the City of Reading, and the City in general, that motivated him to run for Mayor.


With a campaign message promising positive change, the citizens of the City of Reading elected Mayor Scott to its top position in November 2015, with his swearing in occurring on January 4, 2016. As the People’s Mayor, his goal is to create a government that serves the people, not rules them; a government that lifts its citizens, not pushes and hurts them. A government that treats all people it serves with dignity and respect.


His motto throughout life has been “…to live every day like it is your last, because, in the end, it does not matter who you are or who you think you are, we are all humbled before God. Let us judge each other a little less and love each other a little more.”


Mayor Scott is also the father of three daughters; Tara, Ashley and Kyley, and grandfather to eight grandchildren.