Lord Mayor’s Office
Staff in the Lord Mayor’s Office support the Lord Mayor by managing his diary and helping him to reach all sectors of the community. They also co-ordinate major events, such as Remembrance Day and meetings with regional, national and international visitors.
Along the corridor outside the Lord Mayor’s office there are photographs of every Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
Mayors and Lord Mayors
Birmingham has had a Mayor (and elected council) since 1838. One of the most famous was Joseph Chamberlain (1873-76), who brought a clean water supply to the City from the Elan Valley and redeveloped the town centre. In 1889 Birmingham achieved its city status, and had its first Lord Mayor.
Lord Mayors act as Chair of the Council, and are non-political and non-executive during their term of office – this means that they don’t represent any political party while in the role and don’t hold any decision making powers. As the First Citizen of Birmingham, the Lord Mayor represents not only the City, but also the people of Birmingham.
Each Lord Mayor is installed (appointed) into office at the Annual General Meeting of the City Council, usually in May, and stands for one year. In normal circumstances, the Lord Mayor becomes the Deputy Lord Mayor for the following year.
The honour of being Lord Mayor is now usually alternated between Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Groups.