Jim Rodgers
52nd Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded byPat McCarthy
Succeeded byTom Hartley
ConstituencyBelfast East
46th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
Preceded bySammy Wilson
Succeeded byAlex Maskey
Personal details
Political partyUlster Unionist Party

Jim Rodgers OBE is a politician from Northern Ireland who was previously the High Sheriff of Belfast, (succeeded by Incumbent Alderman Thomas Haire 16 January 2017) the judicial representative of the sovereign in Belfast. He is an elected Ulster Unionist Party Councillor and appointed Alderman at Belfast City Council.


In 1973 he stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party in the election to the Northern Ireland Assembly.[1]

In 1996 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum for East Belfast. Rodgers stood in the 1998, 2003 and 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly elections for East Belfast but was unsuccessful on each occasion. He is a councillor for Ormiston DEA on Belfast City Council and was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2001. Rodgers was again elected Lord Mayor in 2007, he had the backing of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) group on the council and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).[2]

Currently Rodgers is Chairman of Belfast Education and Library Board, Ex-Chairman of Belfast District Policing Partnership. He is also a member of the Sports Council and Northern Ireland Events Company. He is also a former director of Glentoran FC but resigned from his position a few days before a winding up order from HMRC was due to be heard by the High Court in January 2011. [3]

At a DPP meeting in Short Strand Community centre on 15 June 2009 he claimed he had been attacked with eggs and stones by members of the IRSP.[4]

In 2010, dressed as a tomato, Ms Mallon who was taking part in the launch of a gourmet garden event in Botanic Gardens, when Mr Rodgers tried to leapfrog over her, causing back injury that resulted in a £24,000 payment.[5]


  1. ^ Northern Ireland elections
  2. ^ Profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ Glentoran FC winding-up petition dismissed by court, bbc.co.uk
  4. ^ Eggs and Stones thrown at Jim Rodgers, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ "£24k paid to worker hurt by leapfrog Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers". Belfasttelegraph. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
Northern Ireland Forum New forum Member for East Belfast1996–1998 Forum dissolved Civic offices Preceded byMargaret Crooks Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast1997–1998 Succeeded byBob Stoker Preceded bySammy Wilson Lord Mayor of Belfast2001–02 Succeeded byAlex Maskey Preceded byPat McCarthy Lord Mayor of Belfast2007–08 Succeeded byTom Hartley Preceded byGareth McKee High Sheriff of Belfast2016–2017 Succeeded byTom Haire