Cllr Lora Lawman was elected as the first Mayor of Wellingborough Town Council at the Annual Town Council Meeting on 19th May 2021.
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Role and Powers of a Mayor
The word “Mayor” derives from the same Latin word “Magnus”, meaning great. The Office of the Mayor, together with the Doomesday Book and the feudal system were brought to this country by the Normans, as such an office had existed on the continent at least since the 5th Century. The first English Mayor was the Mayor of London, appointed in 1189 by Richard I.
The Mayor of the Wellingborough Town Council is elected annually by the Council from among the elected Councillors. By statute, the election of the Mayor must be the first business transacted at the Annual Meeting. The Mayor continues their term of Office, unless they resign or becomes disqualified, until their successor becomes entitled to act as Mayor.
The Mayor is also the Chairman at Council Meetings, and one of the primary functions is to preside over meetings of the Council. If they are not present at any meeting of the Council, then the Deputy Mayor has to preside. The Mayor must have a full knowledge of the provisions of standing orders but they can normally consult the Town Clerk. The Mayor’s decision on the interpretation of standing orders and on any questions not provided for is final. The ruling of the Mayor on a point of order or on a personal explanation is not open to discussion.