Anthony Lima

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His Worship
Anthony "Tony" Lima
His Worship Mayor Anthony Lima at the Mayor's Parlour, Gibraltar City Hall.
15th Mayor of Gibraltar
In office
1 August 2012 – 31 July 2013
Preceded by Julio Alcantara
Succeeded by Adolfo Canepa[1]
Constituency Gibraltar
4th Deputy Mayor of Gibraltar
In office
1 August 2011 – 31 July 2012
Preceded by Julio Alcantara
Personal details
Born (1946-01-17) 17 January 1946 (age 71)
Nationality British (Gibraltarian)
Occupation Customs collector

Anthony "Tony" Lima MBE (born 17 January 1946) is a Gibraltarian politician, and former Mayor of Gibraltar. He was appointed to the office of deputy mayor on 1 August 2011 and to that of mayor on 1 August 2012. He was a former Customs Collector and Commanding officer of the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) unit HMS Calpe.


Lima began his career almost 50 years before being appointed mayor when he was interviewed for Clerk Grade 2 with the then City Council at the City Hall. He subsequently became personal assistant to the then Mayor Sir Joshua Hassan and later, under the 1969 Constitution to Sir William Thompson and Sir Alfred Vasquez when duties were relocated to the House of Assembly (now the Gibraltar Parliament) on the opposite side of John Mackintosh Square.[2]

During his time in the Civil Service Lima also held the position of customs collector and was also the last commanding officer of the RNR unit, HMS Calpe,[2] before the unit was disestablished in 1993.[3] On 17 October 2013, during a splice the mainbrace ceremony held at Gibraltar's Naval Base, Lima was appointed an Honorary Commander Royal Naval Reserve, making him the only Honorary Commander RNR who is not from the United Kingdom. The honour was bestowed on the recommendation of the First Sea Lord and approved by Queen Elizabeth II.[4]


Lima became Mayor Julio Alcantara's deputy from 1 August 2011 until he took over the mayoralty himself on 1 August 2012 following an appointment which enjoyed unanimous support across the Gibraltar Parliament.[5] He was invested in the City Hall that same day. He was the first of the new style civic mayors, under the 2006 Constitution, to be appointed for a term exceeding one year.[2]

Lima was originally set to be succeeded by former Mayor Anthony Lombard, who would return to City Hall for a second term. However, on 17 March 2014 the Government of Gibraltar gave notice of a motion before Parliament to appoint current Speaker of the Gibraltar Parliament Adolfo Canepa as Lima's successor instead.[1] Canepa had already held the office of mayor from 1976 to 1978 while a government minister for the Hassan administration.

Civic offices
Preceded by
Julio Alcantara
Mayor of Gibraltar
1 August 2012 – 31 July 2013
Adolfo Canepa
Preceded by
Julio Alcantara
Deputy Mayor of Gibraltar
1 August 2011 – 31 July 2012


  1. ^ a b Searle, Dominique (18 March 2014). "Shock Switch in Mayor's Appointment". Gibraltar Chronicle. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Mascarenhas, Alice (2 August 2012). "Tony Lima becomes new Gib Mayor after parliamentary consensus". Gibraltar Chronicle. Retrieved 8 July 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Picardo says Mayor's naval appointment strengthens Rock's link to Royal Navy". Gibraltar Chronicle. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Viales, Mark (18 October 2013). "Mayor Lima receives prestigious naval honour". Gibraltar Chronicle. Retrieved 23 October 2013. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Lima is Mayor 2012". Gibraltar Chronicle. 8 July 2011. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2011.