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What is a Town Mayor?

The modern office of Town Mayor is a position of honour awarded to a serving Councillor for service to the Council. The Mayor is expected to act as an ambassador for the Town and to be the public face of the Town Council. As such, the Mayor should devote their time to civic, ceremonial and representational functions and to preside over town-wide meetings. The Mayor is the Chairman of the Town Council.

The position is formally known as "Town Mayor", although the word "Town" is often dropped. Women Mayors are also known as "Mayor"; the wife of a Mayor is often known as the "Mayoress", although strictly speaking the term is for the wife of a Borough Mayor. It is not clear what equivalent title would used for the husband of a Mayor, which rather shows the historical gender bias of the position.


The Mayor is elected at the Town Council's Annual Town Meeting in May. The election of Town Mayor is the first item on the agenda. Following a formal declaration of acceptance, the Town Mayor holds office until the next Annual Town Meeting even if there is an election and the Mayor is not re-elected as a Councillor.
Mayor leaning on fence

Duties and Responsibilities

As Chairman, the Mayor's duties are prescribed by legislation, including: Additional duties may be specified in the Town Council's 'standing orders'.