List of presidents of departmental councils (France)
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In France, the President of the Departmental Council (French: Président du Conseil départemental) is the locally elected head of the Departmental Council, the assembly governing a departments in France. The position is elected by the departmental councilors from among their number. If there is a tie, the senior councilor is elected.
The President of the Departmental Council wields police powers. Responsibilities include:
- Chairing the departmental authorities
- Preparing and implementing the council's decisions
- Collecting and spending monies
- Representing the département in legal cases
As a result of the decentralization of government the election criteria were redefined in 1982 and the President of the Departmental Council took over executive powers from the centrally-appointed prefect.
- 1970-1982 : Évelyne Baylet, Tarn-et-Garonne
- 1982-1985 : Lucette Michaux-Chevry, Guadeloupe
- 1985-1994 : Janine Bardou, Lozère
- 1991–2011: Anne d'Ornano, Calvados
- 2004–Present : Marie-Françoise Pérol-Dumont, Haute-Vienne
- 2004–Present : Nassimah Mangrolia Dindar, Réunion
- 2008-2011 : Claude Roiron, Indre-et-Loire
- 2008-2011 : Josette Durrieu, Hautes-Pyrénées
- 2010–Present : Hermeline Malherbe-Laurent, Pyrénées-Orientales
- 2011–2012 : Marisol Touraine, Indre-et-Loire
- 2011–2015 : Josette Manin, Martinique
The situation in the overseas territories is different than that in metropolitan France. Generally, these territories are simultaneously departments and regions. The President of the departmental council may also serve concurrently as President of the Regional Council.