About the Office
Attleboro was incorporated as a town in 1694 and later incorporated as a city in 1914 when it first elected the Honorable Harold E Sweet as its first mayor. As stated in our City Charter, the executive powers of the City of Attleboro are vested solely in the mayor and may be exercised by him either personally or through the several officers or boards of the city in their respective departments under his general supervision and control.
The mayor is responsible for the daily management of our City Government. This requires the active participation in all matters that concern our planning and development. The mayor provides the general oversight of all budgetary matters along with the development of the annual operating and capital budgets. The office is represented at many city events as well as partaking in State and Federal issues that pertain to Attleboro. The mayor strives for direct communication with citizens on all city matters and has scheduled constituent hours.
About the Mayor
Mayor Paul Heroux was raised in Attleboro on Union Street to parents who own pharmacies. He attended Jack and Jill Preschool, St Mary’s, Studley Elementary School, Brennan Middle School, and then graduated from Attleboro High School in 1995 where he received the 'Most Genuine' class superlative by his high school graduating class. In 1996, Paul started working at the Attleboro YMCA and took courses at Fisher College, Rhode Island College, and Providence College night school.
After taking classes in night school, Paul was accepted for transfer to the University of Southern California where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2001. After graduating from USC, Paul worked overseas in the Middle East and then for a national security think-tank.
In 2005, Paul earned a Master's in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and then a Master's from the London School of Economics in 2006. After earning two Master’s degrees, Paul went to work for the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System, and then as the Director of Research for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. After working in a city and state government agency, Paul decided to go back to graduate school for a Master’s in Public Administration at Harvard University 2011. Paul was elected State Representative in 2012, a position he held until becoming Mayor in 2018.
The focus of Paul’s administration is downtown revitalization, protecting and improving the environment in Attleboro, expanding recreation activities in Attleboro, making sure that there are no lay-offs in any city department to maintain level services, and to expand city departments to improve services to Attleboro residents.