Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”
Is My Alderman “The Honorable“?
In our city we have aldermen who are elected – serve on the City Council. Are they addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)‘ ?
———– TF How to Address an Anderman
U.S. officials – elected in a general election – are entitled to be addressed in writing as: The Honorable (Full Name)‘. So your Alderman qualifies. However, at a municipal/city/local level many jurisdictions do not address officials below the level of mayor as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. It’s always best to call and check for local tradition.
In a big city like you live in, I bet they are. In a small town, maybe … but maybe not.
‘Alderman’ is not formally used in writing as an honorific. You will hear an alderman orally addressed as ‘Alderman (Surname)’ at meetings and in the media as a shorthand to specify who said what. You will also hear an alderman orally referred to as in ‘Alderman (Name) will be here in ten minutes’ These are oral uses, not written.
‘Alderman (Surname)’ is not used by former officials, though they can certainly be identified as a ‘former alderman’ or as having served as an alderman from (year-to-year).
– Robert Hickey How to Address an Alderman