Mayor of Gibraltar
|Mayor of Gibraltar|
The Coat of arms of the Mayor of Gibraltar
|Residence||Gibraltar City Hall|
|Term length||One Year|
|Inaugural holder||Joshua Hassan|
|Salary||Unpaid No Salary|
His or Her Worship the Mayor of Gibraltar is the ceremonial official of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The Mayor is appointed by the elected Members of Parliament and his office is situated at City Hall John Mackintosh Square. Since 2 April 2014, Adolfo Canepa has held the position of Mayor of Gibraltar, succeeding Anthony Lima.
Since its creation in 1921, the City Council, had a chairman. In 1955, upon request of the Members of the City Council, the post was renamed to Mayor, and therefore, the Mayor of Gibraltar was chosen from among the members of the Council. Joshua Hassan, the Chairman of the City Council at the time become the first Mayor of Gibraltar.
The City Council disappeared when the new Gibraltar Constitution Order in Council was signed in 1969. However, the Mayor of Gibraltar survived, but only with a ceremonial character, and was to be elected by the House of Assembly (later the Parliament). This meant that office was invariably taken by the Speaker or a Government Minister.
|“||A person elected to the office of Mayor shall hold office upon such terms and conditions, and shall perform such functions (being ceremonial functions of a civic character), as may be determined by the Governor, acting after consultation with the Gibraltar Council.||”|
Following the new 2006 Constitution, the Mayor no longer had to be chosen from among the Members of Parliament. Instead, the Mayor is appointed by Parliament. The intention was to move to a new system whereby citizens from the community at large can be appointed Mayor for a one-year period. The Government of Gibraltar announced that a Deputy Mayor would also be appointed for the same period and would take up the office of Mayor the following year.
|“||A person elected to the office of Mayor shall hold office upon such terms and conditions, and shall perform such functions (being ceremonial functions of a civic character), as may be determined by the Parliament.||”|
A Deputy Mayor is at the same time appointed by Parliament for one year to assist and support the Mayor in the discharge of Mayoral duties, as well as to act as Mayor when s/he is unable to participate in a civic event. The Deputy will take office as Mayor the following year and a new Deputy appointed, and so on.
List of Mayors
The following is a list of all the Mayors of Gibraltar since the first tenure began in 1955:
|Picture||Name||Took Office||Left Office|
|1||The Hon. Sir Joshua Hassan CBE MVO QC JP||1955||1969|
|2||The Hon. Col. William Thompson OBE JP||1969||1970|
|3||The Hon. Alfred J. Vasquez CBE MA||1970||1976|
|4||The Hon. Adolfo J. Canepa||1976||1978|
|5||The Hon. Horace J. Zammit||1979||1979|
|6||The Hon. Abraham W. Serfaty CBE JP||1979||1988|
|7||The Hon. Mari I. Montegriffo||1988||1995|
|8||The Hon. Robert Mor||1995||1996|
|9||Judge John E. Alcantara CBE||1996||2004|
|10||The Hon. Clive G. Beltran||2004||31 July 2008|
|11||Solomon 'Momy' Levy||1 August 2008||31 July 2009|
|12||Olga Zammitt OBE, JP||1 August 2009||31 July 2010|
|13||Anthony J P Lombard Ll.B.||1 August 2010||31 July 2011|
|14||Julio Alcantara||1 August 2010||31 July 2011|
|15||Anthony Lima||1 August 2012||1 April 2014|
|4||The Hon. Adolfo J. Canepa||2 April 2014||Incumbent|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mayors of Gibraltar.|
- Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006 Archived 21 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Gibraltar Constitution Order 1969
- Changes in Mayorship of Gibraltar
- Sur in English - Gibraltar appoints its first non-parliamentary Mayor, Solomon Levy
- Gibraltar.gi - Who wants to be Mayor?
- Portraits of Gibraltar's 10 Mayors