Your Mayor

Mayor Cllr. Richard Miller Maldon Town Moot Hall

Cllr Richard Miller , Town Mayor of Maldon

The Moot Hall

The Role of the Mayor

The Town Mayor is elected annually at the Annual Town Council meeting which is held in May.  The election of the Town Mayor is always the first item on the agenda and is followed by the declaration of acceptance of office which includes an undertaking to be guided by a national code in the performance of their duties.  If he fails to make the declaration, his office automatically becomes vacant.  The Town Mayor holds office until immediately after the election of the Town Mayor at the next annual meeting of the council even though he may not have been re-elected as a councillor.

The Town Mayor has two roles: he is Chairman of the Town Council and Civic Ambassador for the town. 

As Chairman his duties are prescribed by the relevant local government legislation:

  • He may convene a meeting of the council at any time and he may also be required to call a meeting at the request of councillors.
  • He has the casting vote.  The first vote is a personal vote as an ordinary councillor and if there is a tied vote, the Mayor as chairman, can have a second, or casting vote.
  • If the Town Mayor is present at a full meeting of the Town Council he must preside and is responsible for ensuring that meetings are properly conducted.  He is responsible for involving all councillors in discussion and ensuring that councillors keep to the point, summaries debates and facilitates the resolving of clear, intelligible decisions.

He also serves as an ex- officio member on the Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes, Planning and Environment Committees.  The Town Mayor can be elected to serve on Working Parties which Council may arrange. 

In his role as Civic Ambassador, the Town Mayor is the public face of the Council and civic representative of the town of Maldon.  He attends many fund raising functions organised by local charity groups, organisations, in particular their AGMs.  He also attends, if invited, civic receptions, dinners and services organised by other Councils and some East London Boroughs. 

Maldon has an association with the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering.  This is due to the long standing connection and support for the East London Cabbie Outing for Special Children. 

Invitations are also received to attend the High Sheriff’s Justice Service at Chelmsford Cathedral and the High Sheriff’s Awards Presentation. 

The Mayor is also President of Age Concern, Maldon Carnival Association and Maldon Twinning Association and thus attends their committee meetings:

Robes and Civic Regalia

The Town Mayor wears the Civic Regalia at full meetings of the Town Council and some official Town Council functions including Mayor’s Sunday, Cabbie Day, Carnival Day, Remembrance Sunday, Victorian Evenings and the switching on of the High Street Christmas Lights.  When the robes and regalia are worn, the Mace Bearer is in attendance to bear the Mace.

Mayor of Maldon’s Award for Services to the Community

This Award, initiated in 1992, is decided annually and usually presented at the conclusion of the Mayoral Year.  The Award for Service to the Community is designed to recognise the efforts of individuals or groups who contribute to the town of Maldon.   Those eligible include individuals, groups, charities, sports & social clubs, community associations, associations for the disabled, churches, schools, youth organisations, etc.  In recent years this has been presented at the Annual Town meeting.

Mayor of Maldon’s Charity Fund

The Mayor is responsible for the Mayor’s Charity Fund.  This is entirely separate from the Town Council’s funds and monies raised are distributed to local charities at the end of the Mayoral year.

Each Mayor chooses his charities for the year and decides on the fund raising activities which will take place.  In the past these have included a Charity Ball, Ghost Walks, Moot Hall dinners, concerts, quiz nights, disco’s and a dining club in local restaurants.

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