Appointment of non-Councillor as Mayor
26 June 2017 at 12:35pm
One of our Charter Trustees have asked if they can appoint a member of the community as Mayor, instead of a Councillor. Does anyone know whether this would be permissible, and whether there are any examples of this happening?
27 June 2017 at 10:47am
I am not an expert on Charter Trustees, but imagine they share the fundamental principle, with other local authorities, that the Chair of the Council ( Mayor ), must be an elected member and be elected by his or her peers at the Annual Meeting.
There may be some imaginative workaround to create an Honorary Mayor to carry out civic duties, but he/she could not chair meetings. I would also counsel that legal advice be sought to clarify if the trustees could legitimately use public funds on any Honorary Mayor.
27 June 2017 at 10:57am
Thanks for your contribution. I have since found the Charter Trustee legislation which confirms that the Mayor must be a Trustee and that there is no power to appoint non-councillors as Trustees. I take your point surrounding the use of public funds for an Honorary Mayor.