What does the mayor do?

The Mayor is the elected leader of Watford. The Mayor represents the interests of Watford residents and leads Watford Borough Council and its full range of services. The role of elected Mayor replaced the previous role of Council Leader.

Elections take place every four years. The next election will be in May 2018. 

What about local councillors?

Each ward is represented by three councillors. Local elections for councillors take place independently of the Mayoral election process.

Decision making

The elected Mayor decides on which kind of decisions are taken by:

  • the Mayor
  • the Cabinet (known as the Executive)
  • individual Cabinet members (also known as Portfolio Holders)
  • officers

All key decisions must be made in public unless the matter is confidential.

Most decision making of the council is delegated to officers because of the large number of decisions that must be made.

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