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The Mayor of the City of Split (Croatian: Gradonačelnik Grada Splita), colloquially the Poteštat (derived from "podestà"), is the highest official of the Croatian city of Split. From 1990 to 2007 the mayor was elected by the city assembly. Since 2007 Croatian mayors are elected directly by the citizens.[1] The first such election in Split occurred in 2009.

Mayor of the City of Split
Coat of arms of Split.svg
Incumbent
Andro Krstulović Opara

since June 14, 2017
Term length4 years, unlimited number of renewals
Inaugural holderJakov Cindro
Formation1806
Websitehttp://www.split.hr/Default.aspx?sec=527

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ListEdit

Here follows a list of the 72 men who have thus far served as Mayor (or President of the City Council) of the City of Split. They were immediately preceded by the succession of podestà (city "princes" or "governors", kneževi) under the Venetian Republic. The latter were colloquially known as "poteštati", and usually also held the office of Captain of the City. The term "poteštat" has since remained as a local, traditional term for the mayor as well.

Kingdom of ItalyEdit

  Independent

 
Coat of Arms of the noble House of Cindro
No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
1   Jakov Cindro 1806 1809 Independent Preceded by last Venetian Podestà (and City Captain) Nicolo Barozzi, who was removed in 1797. Stepped down amid political disputes in 1809.

French EmpireEdit

No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
N/A   Petar Alberti 1809 1810 Independent Acting mayor.
First term.
N/A   Antun Sarti 1810 1810 Independent Acting mayor.
N/A   Nikola Ivulić 1810 1810 Independent Acting mayor.
N/A   Petar Alberti 1810 1811 Independent Acting mayor.
Second term.
2   Josip Cindro 1811 1813 Independent

AustriaEdit

  People's Party   Autonomist Party

No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
3   Karlo Lanza 1778–1834 1813 1814
4   Petar Nutrizio Grisogono 1814 1818 Autonomist Party
5   Petar Cambi 1818 1823 Autonomist Party
6   Leonard Kružević 1823 1825 Autonomist Party
7   Ivan Lovro Alberti 1825 1831 Autonomist Party
8   Leonard Dudan 1832 1836 Autonomist Party First term.
9   Jerko Capogrosso 1841 1844 Autonomist Party
10   Mihovil Tartaglia 1845 1848 Autonomist Party
11   Leonard Dudan 1848 1853 Autonomist Party Second term.
12   Šimun de Michieli-Vitturi 1853 1859 Autonomist Party Presided over the start of the so-called "Split Renaissance".
13   Antonio Bajamonti 1822–1891 1860 1864 Autonomist Party First term. Held longest term in office as mayor of Split: headed city government almost continuously for 20 years (1860-1880).
14   Frano Lanza 1864 1865 Autonomist Party
15   Antonio Bajamonti 1822–1891 1865 1880 Autonomist Party Second term. This time representing the Liberal Union coalition. The longest term in office of any Mayor of Split.
16   Aleksandar Nallini 1880 1882 Autonomist Party
17   Emil Ragazzini 1882 1882 Autonomist Party
18   Dujam Rendić-Miočević 1834–1915 1882 1885 People's Party Resigned due to conflict with Gajo Filomen Bulat.
19   Gajo Filomen Bulat 1836–1900 1885 1893 People's Party
20   Ivan Manger 1893 1897
21   Petar Katalinić 1844–1922 1897 1899 First mayor from the Katalinić family.
22   Vinko Milić 1833–1910 1900 1906
23   Ante Trumbić 1864–1938 1906 1907 Croatian Party
24   Vicko Mihaljević 1861–1911 1907 1911 Served as the inspiration for the mayor character in the Velo Misto series by Miljenko Smoje.
25   Vicko Katalinić 1857–1917 1911 1912 First term. Second mayor from the Katalinić family.
26   Teodor Šporn 1912 1913 First term.
27   Vicko Katalinić 1857–1917 1913 1914 Second term.
28   Frane Madirazza 1914 1917
29   Vicko Nišetić 1917 1917
30   Teodor Šporn 1917 1918 Second term.
31   Josip Smodlaka 1869–1956 1918 1918 Croatian Democratic Party First term.
Previously a member of the Imperial Council of the Austrian Empire. Later became a member of the NKOJ and the first foreign minister of the second Yugoslavia.

Kingdom of YugoslaviaEdit

  Yugoslav National Party   Yugoslav Radical Union   Croatian Peasant Party

No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
32   Ivo Tartaglia 1880–1949 1918 1928 Held office for 10 years. His extensive art collection formed the core of the exhibitions in the future Gallery of Fine Arts in Split.
33   Petar Bonetti 1928 1928
34   Josip Berković 1885–1968 1928 1929
35   Jakša Račić 1868–1943 1929 1933 Yugoslav National Party Medical doctor, head of the city sanatorium. Modernized medical services in the city; began the forestation of Marjan hill. An ethnic Croat, he was a member of the Chetnik movement during World War II. He was executed by Dalmatian Partisans.
36   Mihovil Kargotić 1933 1938
37   Mirko Buić 1938 1938
38   Vlado Matošić 1938 1939 Yugoslav Radical Union
39   Ivan Zlatko Vrdoljak 1939 1939
40   Stjepan Spalatin 1939 1940
41   Josip Brkić 1887–1959 1940 1941 Croatian Peasant Party

World War IIEdit

  National Liberation Front (resistance coalition)   Communist Party of Yugoslavia

No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
Civil Commissioners
Italian occupation 1941–43
N/A   Bruno Nardelli April
1941
28 April
1941
National Fascist Party
N/A   Antonio Tacconi 1880–1962 28 April
1941

1943
National Fascist Party Civil Commissioner (mayor) for Split after the city's formal annexation into fascist Italy.
No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
Presidents of the National Liberation Committee
Wartime resistance city government 1942–47
42   Ivo Amulić 6 April
1942
15 May
1942
Unitary National Liberation Front
(coalition)
43   Ivo Tijardović 1895–1976 15 May
1942
July
1943
Unitary National Liberation Front
(coalition)
44   Josip Smodlaka 1869–1956 September
1943
October
1943
Unitary National Liberation Front
(coalition)
Second term.
Previously a member of the Imperial Council of the Austrian Empire. Later became a member of the NKOJ and the first foreign minister of the second Yugoslavia.
45   Petar Vitezica October
1943
May
1944
Unitary National Liberation Front
(coalition)
46   Umberto Fabris May
1944
25 November
1944
Unitary National Liberation Front
(coalition)
47   Ante Mrduljaš 25 November
1944
25 June
1947
Communist Party of Yugoslavia

Federal YugoslaviaEdit

  League of Communists of Yugoslavia   Croatian Democratic Union

 
The current Coat of arms of Split is a modification of this one introduced during the Yugoslav period, which, in turn, was based on the Medieval (14th century) arms
No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office Party Note
48   Marko Šore 1947 1947 Communist Party of Yugoslavia
49   Ivo Raić 1947 1949 Communist Party of Yugoslavia
50   Paško Ninčević 1949 1952 Communist Party of Yugoslavia
(renamed in 1952)
51   Ivo Senjanović 1952 1955 League of Communists of Yugoslavia
(renamed)
52   Rade Dumanić 1918–2008 1955 1963 League of Communists of Yugoslavia Presided over the start of large-scale urbanization and expansion of the city.
53   Ante Zelić 1963 1965 League of Communists of Yugoslavia Paved the road network on Marjan hill.
54   Ivo Perišin 1925–2008 1965 1967 League of Communists of Yugoslavia Also at one time held the positions of President of the Executive Council (Prime Minister), and President of the Assembly (Head of State) of Croatia.
55   Jakša Miličić 1926– 1967 1974 League of Communists of Yugoslavia Presided over major urban expansion projects and the construction of the Split 3 district.
56   Vjekoslav Vidjak 1974 1982 League of Communists of Yugoslavia Presided, along with Ante Skataretiko, over the organization and preparations for the 1979 Mediterranean Games in Split.
57   Dragutin Matošić 1982 1983 League of Communists of Yugoslavia
58   Ante Kovač 1983 1984 League of Communists of Yugoslavia
59   Božidar Papić 1985 1986 League of Communists of Yugoslavia
60   Drago Urličić 1986 1987 League of Communists of Yugoslavia
61   Gordana Kosanović 1987 1990 League of Communists of Yugoslavia
62   Onesin Cvitan 1939–
1990

1991
Croatian Democratic Union
1990

Since independenceEdit

  Social Democratic Party (2)   Croatian Democratic Union (4)   Croatian Social Liberal Party (1)   Liberal Party (1)   Croatian Civic Party (1)   Independent

No. Mayor Lifespan Term of office

Electoral
mandate
Party Note
63   Petar Slapničar 1932–
1991

1993
Croatian Democratic Union
 —
    Nikola Grabić 1938–
1993

1997

Croatian Social Liberal Party
Switched political party mid-term.
64


 — Croatian Democratic Union

65   Ivan Škarić 1944–
1997

2001
Croatian Social Liberal Party Elected to the Croatian Parliament in 2003.[2]
 —
66   Slobodan Beroš 1945–
2002

2003
Social Democratic Party
 —
67   Miroslav Buličić 1952–
2003

2005
Liberal Party
 —
68   Zvonimir Puljić 1947–2009
2005

2007
Croatian Democratic Union Resigned after confrontations with the Velo Misto List coalition partner.
2005
69   Ivan Kuret 1971– 17 July
2007
June 1
2009
Croatian Democratic Union Continuation of the previous term; appointed following the resignation of his predecessor.
 —
  Željko Kerum 1960– June 1
2009
June 7
2013

Independent
Ran as an independent candidate. After election founded the Croatian Civic Party (HGS). Elected Member of Parliament in 2011 (ran in coalition with the Croatian Democratic Union).
70


2009 Croatian Civic Party

71   Ivo Baldasar 1958– June 7
2013
March 28
2017
Social Democratic Party Ran as a candidate for the Social Democratic Party but was thrown out of the party in 2016. Founded The Split Party in 2017. Resigned as mayor after his budget proposals were voted against.
2013
Branka Ramljak
Government Commissioner
28 March 2017 14 June 2017
72 Andro Krstulović Opara 1967– 14 June 2017 Croatian Democratic Union
2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sabor (October 5, 2007). "Zakon o izborima općinskih načelnika, gradonačelnika, župana i gradonačelnika Grada Zagreba". Narodne novine (in Croatian). Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  2. ^ Sabor. "Zastupnici 4. saziva Hrvatskoga sabora". Retrieved 14 May 2012.