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What is a mayor?

Many councils have a civic mayor or chair of the council. They carry out ceremonial duties and chair meetings but can’t make decisions about council business.

However, some councils have a directly elected mayor. They’re responsible for the day-to-day running of local services.

Some councils have both civic and elected mayors.

Some have a civic mayor and a chair and some fuse the two roles. These mayors can make some decisions, most notably by using their casting vote.

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