Doncaster councillors select new civic mayor while raising money for charity at AGM
Doncaster Council has appointed a new civic mayor to represent and carry out official functions on behalf of the local authority while raising money for charity in the process.
Councillor Richard Allan Jones, Conservative member for Finningley ward, was selected by elected colleagues to the position.
The civic mayor role is not elected and has no extra powers but can be the deciding vote if motion is tied in the council chamber. The role is ceremonial and acts as an ambassador for the council across the borough.
The Finningley councillor will also chair meetings of the full council.
Councillor Jones, who has been an elected member for over 20 years, replaces Labour Coun Paul Wray who has retired following on from the election earlier this month.
Coin Jones was given the chains at a meeting of the full council on Friday, May 21 and holds the position for a year.
Conisbrough Labour councillor Ian Pearson, was chosen as vice chair and deputy civic mayor. He is expected to take on the main role from Coun Jones the following year.
Coun Jones said: “It is an honour to be civic mayor of Doncaster and I am looking forward to the year ahead.
“I have chosen Childhood Cancer Leukaemia as my charity and I hope people will help support the fundraising for this very worthwhile cause.”
Full council thanked Cllr Paul Wray as the outgoing chair.
Coun Wray said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support during what has been a very challenging time for us all.
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise our fantastic residents, community, and voluntary groups who have done Doncaster proud and risen to the challenge of this difficult year.”