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The Mayor has several roles. They chair full meetings of Council and represent the Council and local community at formal and ceremonial occasions locally and elsewhere. The Mayor acts as the city’s ambassador at:
The Deputy Mayor acts as the Mayor’s representative at all events, including chairing Council, if the Mayor is unavailable.
Our Mayors have a non-political and non-executive role. Therefore, their role is very different to directly elected Mayors such as the Mayor of London. The Mayor is a civic head and represents Derby as First Citizen in what is a ceremonial role.
Derby City Council operates Leader and Cabinet style of executive. The Council’s Leader and their Cabinet directs the Council, with scrutiny committees monitoring Cabinet decisions closely. Cabinet Members decide policy and bring their decisions to the full Council.
The Mayor’s job at council meetings is to:
At Council, it is unusual for the Mayor to speak on an issue, as they need to be impartial. However if necessary, they hold the casting vote on closely contested issues.
A Mayor’s workload can vary from year to year. This depends on what happens during their term, their interests and personal circumstances such as if they work, are retired, or have caring commitments. “Engagements” include a mixture of: