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Role of the Mayor

Role of the Mayor

Role of the Mayor

Role of the Mayor of Dartford

The role of 'Mayor' was first introduced in Dartford when the town received borough status in 1977. The Avtar Sandhu MBE Mayor of Dartford Mayor is selected by other Councillors, not by the electorate with the Deputy Mayor being selected by the Council. The Mayor is addressed as 'The Worshipful the Mayor of Dartford'. The Deputy Mayor is addressed as 'The Deputy Mayor'.

The Mayor is regarded as the first citizen of Dartford and has the following roles:-

- To uphold and promote the purposes of this Constitution and to interpret the Constitution where necessary;
- To preside over meetings of the General Assembly of the Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of Councillors and the interests of the community;
- To ensure that meetings of the General Assembly of the Council are forums for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which Members who are not on the Cabinet or hold office of Committee/Board Chairmen are able to hold Cabinet Members and Committee/Board Chairmen to account;
- Together with all Members of the Council to promote public involvement in the Council's activities;
- To be the conscience of the Council;
- To attend such civic and ceremonial functions as the Council and the Mayor determines appropriate.

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