Jim Rodgers (politician)
|52nd Lord Mayor of Belfast|
|Preceded by||Pat McCarthy|
|Succeeded by||Tom Hartley|
|46th Lord Mayor of Belfast|
|Preceded by||Sammy Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Alex Maskey|
|Political party||Ulster Unionist Party|
In 1996 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum for East Belfast. Rodgers stood in the 1998, 2003 and 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly elections for East Belfast but was unsuccessful on each occasion. He is a councillor for Victoria DEA on Belfast City Council and was elected as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 2001 . Rodgers was again elected Lord Mayor in 2007, he had the backing of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) group on the council and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).
Currently Rodgers is Chairman of Belfast Education and Library Board, Ex-Chairman of Belfast District Policing Partnership. He is also a member of the Sports Council and Northern Ireland Events Company. He is also a director of Glentoran FC.
Powers and duties
- In times of natural disaster the Lord Mayor may direct resources such as Police, Fire and Ambulance as he or she sees fit
- presiding over meetings of the council and, in the case of equality of votes, the Lord Mayor *has a second or casting vote
- promoting and raising awareness of the council’s main objectives and priority issues
- encouraging and supporting all aspects of life in Belfast by attending civic and public events
- receiving distinguished visitors to the city
- acting as host on behalf of the council and the citizens of Belfast at civic functions
- acting as a spokesperson to the local, national and international media
- providing an appropriate response on behalf of Belfast at times of local, national and international catastrophe
- supporting and encouraging charitable and other appeals as appropriate
- promoting Belfast's business, commercial, cultural and social life
- promoting Belfast as a place of excellence in which to do business and as a tourist destination.
- "Backlash to Methodist Covenant apology", newsletter.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
- Profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
- Eggs and Stones thrown at Jim Rodgers, bbc.co.uk; accessed 20 October 2015.
- Belfast City Council. Councillors. Lord Mayor
|Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
|Lord Mayor of Belfast
2001 - 02
|Lord Mayor of Belfast
2007 - 08
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