Mayor of Medway
|Mayor of Medway|
|Member of||Medway Council|
|Term length||1 year, renewable|
|Precursor||Cllr Barry Kemp|
|Inaugural holder||Dayantha Liyanage|
|Deputy||Cllr Gloria Opara|
The Mayor is elected annually from among the councillors and he or she presides over the meetings of the full council, is the first citizen of the district and the official representative of the Crown.
Within the borough of Medway, the Mayor of Medway takes precedence, as determined by the Local Government Act 1972, over all other people except royalty or the Lord Lieutenant of the County (if representing the Queen). So when the Mayor is not presiding at a meeting he or she should sit at the chairman's right hand.
Medway unitary authority was created on 1 April 1998 when the City of Rochester-upon-Medway amalgamated with Gillingham Borough Council and part of Kent County Council to form Medway Council. The Mayor of Medway continues the Rochester City Council tradition of serving as Admiral of the River Medway, with jurisdiction between Hawkwood and Sheerness.
He or she attends a number of Civic functions and public events throughout Medway and is also entitled to wear certain items of Civic regalia and the Medway Coat of Arms.
List of Mayors of Medway
|2001–02||1||Tony Goulden, ex-guitarist with pop group Vanity Fare|
- "What is a Mayor". Medway Council. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
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