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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 Mohammad Iqbal Zia was made the 474th Mayor of the City and District of St Albans at the Annual Council meeting on 24 May 2017.

Iqbal feels privileged to serve as the Mayor of St Albans City and District for 2017/18 and considers this a great honour. He will be supported by his wife Farhat, who takes on the role of Mayoress for the year.

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


Deputy Mayor

Councillor Jamie Day was made Deputy Mayor for 2017/18 on 24 May 2017. Jamie will be supported by his wife Liz who takes on the role of Deputy Mayoress.

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


The Mayor of Harpenden

Councillor Rosemary Farmer is very honoured to be serving a third time as Mayor of Harpenden for 2017/18, having served as Mayor in 2009/10 and 2013/14. Councillor David Heritage was re-elected as the Deputy Town Mayor for 2017/18.

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