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MAYOR, officer. The chief or executive magistrate of a city who bears this title.
     2. It is generally his duty to cause the laws of the city to be enforced, and to superintend inferior officers, such as constables, watchmen and the like. But the power and authority which mayors possess being given to them by local regulations, vary in different places.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Julia is also one of four special guest speakers at the Birmingham Mail's elected mayor debate for students and young voters at South Birmingham College, Digbeth campus on Tuesday, April 17 between 2pm and 4pm.
Voters will be asked if they want to replace the council's leader and cabinet system with an elected mayor in the pounds 100,000 referendum called by the government on the same day as council elections.
Again in their 2012 Referendum, the residents of Birmingham and Coventry both said 'no' to an elected mayor. While the residents of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Solihull have never even been asked if they wanted an elected mayor.
And Newcastle's Liberal Democrats said an elected mayor was essential to provide accountability within a more devolved regional Government.
IF the view is that Wales will trail England without elected mayors this could be an opportunity to slim down our 22 local authorities, which became surplus to requirements once the Assembly was elected.
In a statement Coun Bridges - who will not seek re-election next year - said: "Sitting through recent Cardiff council debates, I have found myself wondering 'How could an elected mayor be any worse than this'?
Councillors have said they would "reluctantly" accept an elected mayor as part of the long-awaited Yorkshire devolution deal.
Both Labour and Conservative governments have been keen to promote the concept of elected mayors - much keener, it must be said, than those on the ground.
Having five Teesside Labour leaders would surely mean an elected mayor would only be a puppet manipulated by the other five Labour leaders?
THE spectre of an elected mayor for Birmingham is back on the political agenda - two years after the plan was rejected by voters.