Role of the Council Chair and Deputy Chair
The Chair is elected by councillors at the first Council meeting following the triennial election. As one of the elected councillors the Chair shares the same responsibilities as other councillors. In addition to this the Chair is:
The Chair is obliged to follow the same rules as other councillors with respect to making public statements and committing the Council to a particular course of action, unless acting in accordance with the rules for media contact on behalf of the Council under a delegation of authority from the Council. The Chair may be removed from office by resolution of Council.
Like the Chair, the Deputy Chair must be elected by councillors at the first meeting following a triennial election. The Deputy Chair exercises the same roles as other councillors, and if the Chair is absent or incapacitated, the Deputy Chair must perform all of the responsibilities and duties, and may exercise the powers, of the Chair (as summarised above). The Deputy Chair may be removed from office by resolution of Council.