President of the General Council
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In France, the President of the General Council (French: Président du Conseil général) is the locally-elected head of the General Council, the assembly governing a departments in France. The position is elected by the general councillors from among their number. If there is a tie, the senior Councillor is elected.
The President of the General Council wields police powers. Responsibilities include:
- Chairing the departmental authorities
- Preparing and implementing the council's decisions
- Collecting and spending monies
- Representing the département in legal cases
As a result of the decentralization of government the election criteria were redefined in 1982 and the President of the General Council took over executive powers from the centrally-appointed prefect.
- 1970-1982 : Évelyne Baylet, Tarn-et-Garonne
- 1982-1985 : Lucette Michaux-Chevry, Guadeloupe
- 1985-1994 : Janine Bardou, Lozère
- 1991–2011: Anne d'Ornano, Calvados
- 2004–Present : Marie-Françoise Pérol-Dumont, Haute-Vienne
- 2004–Present : Nassimah Mangrolia Dindar, Réunion
- 2008-2011 : Claude Roiron, Indre-et-Loire
- 2008-2011 : Josette Durrieu, Hautes-Pyrénées
- 2010–Present : Hermeline Malherbe-Laurent, Pyrénées-Orientales
- 2011–2012 : Marisol Touraine, Indre-et-Loire
- 2011–Present : Josette Manin, Martinique
The situation in the overseas territories is different than that in metropolitan France. Generally, these territories are simultaneously departments and regions. The President of the general council may also serve concurrently as President of the Regional Council.
List of the Presidents of the General councils
Notes and references
- Mayor of Paris
- Formerly Union for a Popular Movement.
- President of the Territorial Council (Président du Conseil territorial) from 21 Feb 2007. Rulers
- Departmental collectivity then Department from 3 April 2011.