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Ashbourne: shuffle to way future mayors chosen

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

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A SHAKE-UP has been agreed in the way Ashbourne’s Mayors are chosen at Ashbourne Town Council.

Councillors met on Monday night to decide on a proposal by former Mayor Denise Brown which sets out a new procedure allowing members of the council to “take turns”.

Currently the Mayor is effectively chosen by their appointment as deputy chairman the year before, as the deputy chairman usually takes over the role automatically.

In her detailed proposal put before fellow members Councillor Brown said: “This honour should be taken in turn.

“If there are 13 members of the council then no one should expect to take the chair more than once in 13 years.

Although realistically the time will be shorter due to resignations and other events.”

Councillor Brown also suggested the wife or husband of the Mayor should be referred to as the Mayor’s Consort, regardless of their gender.

Currently a Mayor’s wife will be called “Mayoress” but a Mayor’s husband or partner would be a Consort.

Councillor Brown explained: “This will get away from people thinking a Mayor’s partner is more important if she has the title of Mayoress rather than a female Mayor’s husband, who is the Consort.”

Under the new rules, which were voted in almost unanimously - only councillor Tom Donnelly voted against - a member should have served at least four years on the council to be eligible to take their turn as Mayor.

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