Mayor, Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality
Yücel Yılmaz has been the Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality since local elections held on March 31, 2019. Yılmaz was elected as the Mayor of Karesi in March 2014 local elections.
Yücel Yılmaz is the member of the UCLG-MEWA World Organization Board and he is currently Regional Representative of Local Cities in Central Asia.
Yücel Yılmaz, who was elected to the Council of Europe's Board of Directors, is also the president of the Association of Cities Organizing Oil Wrestling, which he pioneered in establishment of Association.
Yücel Yılmaz, born in 1975, after completing his education in Balıkesir, studied in university in Eskişehir. During his university years, he served as the head of the university student senate.