An Oswestry Town Councilor has put forward a proposition to democratise the election of the Oswestry Town Mayor and Deputy.
Councillor Kerr believes, "It is important that the Council properly reflects the community and does not discriminate against newly elected members. Under the current system persons who have already held the post of mayor several times before will be re-appointed ahead of newly elected councillors. This is not a fair or effective system for selecting the leaders of our community. My proposal maintains the concept of selection by length of service but makes sure that we all take a fair turn. No-one should be appointed mayor for a second term until other members who have not been the mayor have been offered the position."
What do you think?
Below is the current Seniority List showing who will next be mayor and deputy.
SENIORITY LIST FOR THE ELECTION OF
MAYOR AND DEPUTY MAYOR
Councillor C. Schofield Elected to Council February 2006
Councillor J.G. Jones Elected to Council 1985-87 & 1989
Mayor 1999/2000 & 2008/09
Councillor W. Benyon Elected to Council May 2003
Councillor P. Cherrington Co-option to Council March 2009
Councillor Mrs. M.E. Chamberlain Elected to Council 2003
Councillor D.P. Milner Elected to Council October 2010
Councillor V. Hunt Co-option to Council December 2010
Councillor Mrs. E. Channon Elected to Council May 2003
Councillor Mrs. C.M. Hawksley Elected to Council 1995-2003 & 2004
Councillor Mrs S. Best Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor Mrs R. Evans Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor D. Kerr Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor M. Lee Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor J. Price Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor C. Stokes Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor A. Woof Elected to Council May 2013
Councillor M. Bennett Elected to Council 1983
Mayor 1993/94, 2003/04, 2012/13
Councillor A. Davis Elected to Council August 2013
Member since: 10th July 2012
A quick introduction - I'm John Waine, Director of TheBestOfOswestry. Having lived in this beautiful area for around 20 years now, I have decided to stay. :)
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