Council

Westbury Mayor and Deputy Mayor 2024/2025

Mayor Cllr Jane Russ - May 2024

Councillor Jane Russ
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The Mayor for Westbury for 2024-2025 is Councillor Jane Russ

Councillor Jane Russ was elected Mayor at the Annual Town Council meeting held on 7th May 2024, with Councillor Mark Bailey being elected Deputy Mayor.

Mayoral Duties include:

• Chairman of the Town Council
• Attending Civic Events
• Raising the profile of the local community and the Council
• Promoting public involvement in the Council’s activities
• Raising money for their chosen charities

The Mayor’s charity for 2024-2025 is to be confirmed.

If you would like to invite Jane to an event, you can write to her at the Mayor’s Secretary, Westbury Town Council, The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 3EN or e-mail the Mayor’s Secretary: info@westburytowncouncil.gov.uk

The Deputy Mayor for Westbury for 2024-2025 is Councillor Mark Bailey

Councillor Mark Bailey was elected Deputy Mayor at the Annual Town Council meeting held on 7th May 2024.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Mark Bailey - May 2024

Councillor Mark Bailey
photo supplied by the White Horse News

The chair of the town council is also known as the Town Mayor – an honorary title giving no special powers. 

Beyond calling and chairing meetings of the town council there are very few specific powers assigned to the chair. One important but seldom power is that of the “casting vote”. In the event of a tied vote, the chair of the committee has an additional vote which they can use to force a decision. Note that the chair does not have to use the casting vote in the same way as they voted on the original matter.

The chair of the town council has the power to sign certain documents on behalf of the town council find a few special powers in an emergency but is otherwise the same as any other councillor. Decisions are always made by majority vote, not by the chair.