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Mayoralty

St Albans has had Mayors for over 450 years since the first Charter in 1553. The first Mayor was a man called John Lockey. Some Mayors have served for less than a year for a variety of reasons such as changes in local government arrangements, the outbreak of war or if they died in office. Others Mayors have served twice or even for three successive years as one mid-Victorian Mayor managed to do.

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The Charter also appointed 10 other men (Principal Burgesses) to assist the Mayor in running the City. The Mayor had both Executive and Judicial Roles. They were not elected democratically but were nominated for life by friends and contacts of the other existing Burgesses. The executive structure is similar to the situation today where we have an Executive Cabinet of 8 Senior Members, although the Cabinet and indeed all 58 Councillors are elected for 4 year terms. The Mayor's role is no longer Executive or Legal. It is ceremonial and is to represent the City and District Council locally, nationally and indeed internationally at important events.

Find out more about the history of the St Albans Mayoralty and see in detail what is on our crest on the District Council website.


The Mayor of St Albans

Councillor Frances Leonard was made the Mayor of St Albans City and District at the Annual Council meeting on 25 May 2016.

Find out more about the Mayor's life, interests, and nominated charities on the District Council website.


Deputy Mayor

Councillor Gill Clark was made Deputy Mayor at St Albans City and District Council's annual meeting on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Find out more about the Deputy Mayor's life and interests on the District Council website.


The Mayor of Harpenden

The Annual Meeting of Harpenden Town Council and the Mayor-Making Ceremony took place on Monday 9 May. Councillor Mrs Nicola Linacre was delighted to be elected as the Town Mayor for 2016/17, having served as Deputy Town Mayor for 2015/16. Councillor David Heritage was elected as the Deputy Town Mayor for 2016/17.

Find out more about the Mayor's life, interests, and nominated charities on the Harpenden Town Council website.