What is the role of the Mayor?

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Wellington has a Mayor and a Deputy Mayor who are elected by a vote of all Councillors each year at the Council’s annual meeting in May.

 

The Mayor chairs the Council’s monthly meetings and also meetings of the Staffing and Resources Committee, which is the main committee responsible for the staff and assets of the Council and for formulating corporate policies.

 

The Mayor is a de facto member of every committee and working group. The Deputy Mayor, as the title implies, deputises for the Mayor in their absence, and by convention becomes the Mayor when the role falls vacant. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent the Council at civic occasions in and outside of the town, such as the annual Remembrance Day service. They are also the face of Wellington at outside events, and in 2020, for example, the Mayor travelled to Portugal to represent the town at the annual Torres Vedras Carnival, celebrating the Iberian community’s links with the Duke of Wellington, who saved them from Napoleon’s armies in the Peninsular War of the early 1800s.

 

In recent times, it has become common for the Mayor to be invited to perform the official openings of local events and campaigns, and of new shops and businesses, and also to visit charities and other voluntary groups to see their work. To make a request for the Mayor to attend an occasion, please telephone or email the Town Council’s office with our booking form.

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Wellington is a small market town in rural Somerset, England, situated near Taunton in the Taunton Deane district, close to the border of Devon and the Blackdown Hills.