Mayor of Colombo
|Mayor of Colombo|
|Colombo Municipal Council|
|Seat||Town Hall, Colombo|
|Constituting instrument||Municipal Council Ordinance No. 17 of 1865|
|First holder||Charles Peter Layard|
|Deputy||M. 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.
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.
Powers and functions
Most powers are derived from the Municipal Council Ordinance No. 29 of 1947. The Mayor serves as the chief executive of the municipal council.
The municipal council is responsible for:
- Social service
- Health and environmental issues
- Emergency services (not policing, which is the responsibility of the central government)
- Urban planning
- Sanitation (waste, sewage)
Rights and privileges
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.
On formal occasions the Mayor wears a scarlet gown with the Mayoral Chain of Office.
The Mayor of Colombo's salary is Rs 30,000 per month, which is same of all mayors of municipalities in Sri Lanka.
List of Mayors
|Name||Portrait||Took office||Left office||Refs|
|Charles Peter Layard||January 1866||June 1877|||
|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|
- Municipal Council Ordinance
- Salaries local government representatives increased.
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