Like many councils Rochdale has a civic mayor. They carry out ceremonial duties and chair meetings, but can’t make decisions about council business.
Some councils have an elected mayor who is responsible for the day-to-day running of local services. Councils can have both elected and civic mayors.
The Mayor is chosen by the council each year and is the first citizen of the borough.
The Mayor welcomes invitations to any event held by local organisations.
Each year, the mayor raises money for charity through donations and organised events.
In the absence of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor is given the same precedence.
A record of each Mayor of the borough dating from 1856.
Government legislation gave local authorities the option of
switching to a mayoral system instead of the ‘Council Leader’
Conferred on past members and other persons and organisations of distinction.