Mayor of Colombo

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Mayor of Colombo
Rosy Senanayake.jpg
Incumbent
Rosy Senanayake

since 19 March 2018[1][2]
Colombo Municipal Council
StyleHer Worship
ResidenceSirinivasa
SeatTown Hall, Colombo
Constituting instrumentMunicipal Council Ordinance No. 17 of 1865
Formation1866
First holderCharles Peter Layard
DeputyM. T. M. Iqbal

The Mayor of Colombo is the Mayor (and head) of the Colombo Municipal Council. The post was created in 1866 when the Colombo Municipal Council was established by the Legislative Council of Ceylon. The Mayor is assisted by the Deputy Mayor and a Municipal Commissioner. Since 1944 the majority of the mayors have been from the United National Party.

Election[edit]

The mayor is elected in a general election held under the Local Authority Election Ordinance from the party gaining the highest number of seats in the municipal council. Once elected the mayor may hold office for four years.[3]

Powers and functions[edit]

Most powers are derived from the Municipal Council Ordinance No. 29 of 1947. The Mayor serves as the chief executive of the municipal council.[3]

The municipal council is responsible for:

Rights and privileges[edit]

The mayoral office is located at the Colombo Town Hall and the official mayoral residence is Sirinivasa. The mayor’s legal title is His/Her Worship the Mayor of Colombo.

Under the provisions of the Municipal Councils Ordinance the mayor and deputy mayor are ex-official Justice of the Peace and Unofficial Magistrates for the administrative district in which the municipality is situated for the duration of their tenure. This is provided so that the mayor or deputy mayor may preside over the municipal magistrate's court.[3]

Official dress[edit]

On formal occasions the Mayor wears a scarlet gown with the Mayoral Chain of Office.

Salary[edit]

The Mayor of Colombo's salary is Rs 30,000 per month, which is same of all mayors of municipalities in Sri Lanka.[4]

List of Mayors[edit]

Parties

  United National Party   Sri Lanka Freedom Party   Independent

Chairmen
Name Portrait Took office Left office Refs
Charles Peter Layard January 1866 June 1877 [5]
F. R. Saunders July 1877 December 1883
W. D. Wright January 1884 July 1886
G. S. Williams August 1886 August 1887
G. T. M. O'Brien September 1887 September 1887
L. F. Lee October 1887 November 1887
H. H. Cameron November 1887 September 1893
C. E. D. Pennyquick October 1893 April 1895
F. H. Price May 1895 March 1901
A. S. Pagden April 1901 February 1905
E. M. de C. Short March 1905 May 1910
K. W. B. McLeod May 1910 April 1912
C. R. Cumberland May 1912 November 1912
W. E. Thorpe December 1912 January 1913
E. B. Alexander February 1913 October 1913
R. W. Byrde November 1913 September 1919
T. Reid October 1919 July 1924
Hubert Ernest Newnham August 1924 July 1931
Walter Terence Stace July 1931 March 1932
William Lindsay Murphy March 1932 March 1935
William Lindsay Murphy November 1935 May 1937
Mayors
Name Portrait Party Took office Left office Refs
Ratnasothy Saravanamuttu May 1937 December 1937 [6][7][8]
V. R. S. Schokman January 1938 December 1939 [9][10]
A. E. Goonesinghe January 1940 December 1940 [11]
Ratnasothy Saravanamuttu January 1941 December 1942
George R. de Silva January 1943 December 1943
R. A. de Mel January 1944 December 1944
R. S. F. de Mel January 1945 December 1945
R. A. de Mel January 1946 December 1946
R. S. F. de Mel January 1947 December 1949
Kumaran Ratnam January 1950 December 1950
S. Sellamuttu January 1951 December 1951 [12][13][14]
C. T. Grero January 1952 11 August 1953 [15]
T. Rudra 21 September 1953 13 August 1954 [16][17]
N. M. Perera Lanka Sama Samaja Party 13 August 1954 28 February 1956 [18][19][20]
V. A. Sugathadasa United National Party 6 March 1956 1 December 1957 [21][22][23]
M. H. Mohamed United National Party 12 January 1960 10 January 1963
V. A. Sugathadasa United National Party 10 January 1963 10 April 1965
Vincent Perera United National Party 10 April 1965 1966 [24][25]
Jabir A. Cader United National Party 1966 1969 [26]
Vincent Perera United National Party 1970 1973
A. H. M. Fowzie A. H. M. Fowzie.jpeg United National Party 1974 1977 [27][28][29]
B. Sirisena Cooray United National Party 1979 1989 [30][31][32]
M. Hussain Mohamad United National Party 1989 1991 [33][34]
Ratnasiri Rajapakse United National Party 1991 1994 [35][36][37]
K. Ganeshalingam United National Party June 1996 March 1997 [38][39][40]
Karu Jayasuriya Karu Jayasuriya.jpg United National Party 1997 1999 [41][42][43]
Omar Kamil United National Party 1999 2002 [44][45][46]
Prasanna Gunawardena United National Party 3 June 2002 2006 [47][48]
Uvais Mohamed Imitiyas Independent UNP-backed 2 June 2006 2010 [49][50][51]
A. J. M. Muzammil United National Party 17 October 2011 31 March 2016 [52][53]
Rosy Senanayake Rosy Senanayake.jpg United National Party 6 March 2018 [54]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://english.lankapuvath.lk/2018/03/20/rosy-becomes-first-female-mayor-of-colombo/
  3. ^ a b c Municipal Council Ordinance
  4. ^ Salaries local government representatives increased.
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