Rules of the Mayorship
A Mayor is always a Council Member. Colleagues from their political party invite them to stand, and if elected, they hold the Mayoralty for one year. Often the Mayor was the Deputy Mayor in the previous year. The new Deputy Mayor is elected at the same time as the Mayor.
The vote for a Mayor is taken at the Council’s annual meeting, which is traditionally in May. When the Council has a clear majority, the candidate can expect to be elected unopposed.
Any Councillor can be elected as Mayor or Deputy Mayor. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor appoint their consorts. They can choose either a spouse, partner, son, daughter or friend.
In Derby, the Mayor normally only holds the title for one year, however there is nothing to prevent a Mayor being elected to a second term of office.