Author: ROUSSEV IVAN
Governors of a town
For the period, during which Varna was in the Ottoman Empire (until 1878) there is no complete and systematic data about the district and city governors. The names of some of them are known from the reports and correspondence of the foreign consuls resident in the city as well as from the travel notes :
Halim pasha – kaimakam in 1842;
Raif Mehmed pasha – kaimakam in 1844–1845;
Nazuf pasha – kaimakam in 1855.
For the period, during which Varna fell within the borders of Bulgaria (1878), the information about the mayors is systematic and complete.
In the period of existence of the Province of Varna (1878–1880), it was governed in turn by the following governors: Ivan Kishelski, Paul Baumgarten, Dragan Tsankov, Dr. Pandeli Minchovich, and Vasil Stoyanov.
From 1878 to 1914 Varna was governed by the following mayors:
Petar Popov – Chairman of the Provisional City Council from October 23 to November 30, 1878, appointed by Paul Baumgarten - Governor of the Province of Varna (an administrative region with center Varna at the time of the Provisional Russian Government). P. Popov was born on February 8, 1832 in the village of Novo Selo, Razgrad district, and died in 1894 in Varna.
Veliko Hristov – Chairman of the City Council from December 1, 1878 to November 21, 1879. Hristov was born in the village of Nedelkovtsi, Tarnovo district. He was a merchant. He died on October 21, 1902.
Yanko Slavchev – He was a two-term mayor of Varna, respectively: first term from November 22, 1879 to May 15, 1881 and a second term – from June 17, 1895 to September 26, 1896. He was born on August 9, 1841 in Tarnovo, and died on May 3, 1927.
Mihail Koloni – He was a two-term mayor of Varna, respectively: first term from Mai 19, 1881 to May 20, 1885 and a second term – from October 16, 1895 to January 26, 1893. He was born on November 27, 1817 in Sliven. He studied in Athens and Paris. He worked as a teacher in Bucharest. He died in Varna on January 10, 1893.
Haralan Angelov – He was a mayor from May 20, 1885 to January 12, 1888 and from February 27 to April 15, 1888. Born in Shumen on February 10, 1845. H. Angelov was a teacher and a poet. He died on July 25, 1904 in Shumen.
Kircho Merazchiev – He was a chairman of the Three-Member Committee from November 18, 1887 to February 22, 1888. He worked as a lawyer and a judge.
Krastio Mirski – He was a two-term mayor of Varna, respectively: first term from April 16, 1888 to October 15, 1890 and a second term – from September 17, 1905 to August 23, 1906. Born on November 14, 1852 in Kotel, Sliven district. He studied in Tabor, present day in Czech Republic. He was elected MP. He worked as a lawyer. Died in Varna on May 7, 1920.
Russi Mateev – He was a two-term mayor of Varna, respectively: first term from January 8, 1893 to June 1, 1894 and as chairman of the Three-Member Committee from January 17 to April 15, 1901 and a second term - from April 16, 1901 to July 9, 1902. Born in 1853 in the town of Eski Cuma (present-day Targovishte).
Kosta Rankov – With several terms as a mayor of the city, as follows: chairman of the Three-Member Committee from June 1 to July 3, 1894; mayor of Varna from July 3, 1894 to April 27, 1895; chairman of the Three-Member Committee - from April 12 to May 9, 1899 and again mayor of Varna - from May 10, 1899 to January 15, 1901. Kosta Rankov was born in Provadia, Varna district, on October 25, 1864 and worked as a judge, a lawyer and a businessman. He was a deputy from 1914 to 1919. Died on February 23, 1953 in Varna.
Nikola Valkanov – Chairman of the Three-Member Committee from April 28 to July 16, 1895. Born in Bessarabia (in the Russian Empire). A lawyer by profession. He died in April 1929 in Varna.
Jeko Jekov – mayor from October 1896 to April 1899. He was born in Varna on October 7, 1869. He has rendered great services to the town and its development. He died on September 22, 1946.
Panaiot Kardjiev – Chairman of the Three-Member Committee from July 1 to September 16, 1902 and mayor of Varna from September 16, 1902 to July 26, 1903. Born in Arbanassi, Tarnovo district in 1853. He participated in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 as a volunteer. After 1878, he worked as a notary, a prosecutor and a lawyer. He died in 1929.
Damian Perelingov – Mayor of Varna from July 26, 1903 to January 19, 1904. Born in 1860 in the village of Kumanichevo, Kostur district in Macedonia. In Varna he worked as an investigator and a judge. He died on September 25, 1935.
Angel Puskuliev – Chairman of the Three-Member Committee from January 19 to March 1904; mayor from March 1, 1904 to September 17, 1905; chairman of the Three-Member Committee from August 13, 1906 to September 1906 and again mayor of the city from September 1906 to May 12, 1908. Born on August 16, 1845 in Shumen. He graduated The Medical High School in Istanbul and worked in Varna as a doctor. He died on March 9, 1935.
Dobri Hr. Filov – Chairman of the Three-Member Committee from May 9 to June 27, 1908 and mayor from June 28, 1908 to May 27, 1909. Filov was a lawyer. He was born on March 1, 1861 in Istanbul in the family of a merchant from Kalofer. As mayor he had a great contribution to the construction of a water-supply and a drainage system in the town. He died on May 1, 1941.
Ivan P. Tserov – Mayor from May 27, 1909 to March 31, 1912. Born on March 27, 1857 in the village of Tserova Koria, Tarnovo district. He worked as a teacher and a school inspector. He died on January 17, 1938.
Aleksandar Vassilev – Mayor from March 31, 1912 to August 18, 1915. Born on July 15, 1869 in the town of Stara Zagora. He worked as a lawyer and an industrialist. It was in his term that the City Electric Power Plant of Varna was inaugurated (January 12, 1914). He died on July 12, 1927 in Sofia.
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