Scranton Mourns the Passing of former Mayor James Connors

June 26, 2024

SCRANTON, Pa. – The City of Scranton sadly recognizes the passing of former Mayor James “Jimmy” Connors.

Mayor Connors served our City as mayor from 1990 to 2002. Mayor Connors also spent four years as the City’s community development director. After serving the City of Scranton for 12 years, he later served as the deputy director of then-Governor Ed Rendell’s Northeast Pennsylvania office, retiring in 2009.

Connors began his career in public service in the 1970s in our schools and has dedicated his time to numerous charitable causes and organizations throughout his life, including Jewish Family Service, the Tour de Scranton, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

“It’s a very sad day in Scranton as we recognize the passing of the beloved Mayor Connors,” Mayor Paige G. Cognetti said. “Mayor Connors cherished Scranton and cared passionately about the wellbeing of our residents. Jimmy never stopped being mayor – he continued to be a warm, jovial, comforting presence at public events and was a source of wisdom for me personally. He’ll live on in Scranton as ‘the Mayor’ and we will deeply miss him. Our hearts are with his wife, Susie, his children, and his entire family.”

Mayor Connors will be remembered for his tireless service to the City of Scranton, ongoing activism in support of the City and especially its children, his colorful storytelling, his support for our hometown President, Joe Biden, and his presence on stage at Nay Aug Park concerts.

ABOUT THE CITY OF SCRANTON: Incorporated in 1866, the City of Scranton has a population of approximately 76,000 residents and is the sixth-largest municipality in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Scranton City Hall is located at 340 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. Residents requiring services should visit

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