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Background
The word Mayor derives from the Latin 'major' meaning
'in chief'. In England, the Mayor is the modern descendant of the feudal lord's bailiff. The Municipal Corporations Act of 1882 regulated the election of a Mayor, who was to be a fit person elected annually by the council from among its members. In the nineteenth century there were mayors of Ross including Nathanial Morgan. Later, notable chairmen of Ross Urban Council have included John Hart and James Metcalfe.
The first Town Mayor of Ross was elected in 1974 following the reorganisation of Local Government as a result of the Local Government Act of 1972 when Ross Town Council was formed. A list of past Mayors can be viewed here.
Today the Town Mayor is elected at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council in May, and is expected to devote much of his time to civic, ceremonial, and representational functions, and to preside over meetings which have for their object the advancement of the public welfare. He or she also acts as chairman of the meetings of the council.
The Mayor chooses a Mayoress or Consort who accompanies him or her at functions and the Council also elects a Deputy Mayor to stand in for the Mayor in case of illness or unavailability.

MAYOR 2017-18
Councillor Nigel Gibbs was elected Mayor by his fellow councillors. His Mayoress is Mrs Gill Gibbs. The Deputy Mayor for the year is Councillor Harry Bramer. Each Mayor chooses a charity to support during his or her term of office. His chosen charity is the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Cllr Gibbs moved to Ross in 1980 to run a local hotel as a family business. He soon became actively involved with various local tourism associations promoting Herefordshire in general and Ross-on-Wye in particular as a tourist destination.
He was first elected as a councillor for Ross Town in 1999 and served as Mayor in 2005. From 2007-2015 he was a member of Ross Rural Parish Council.
He sold his business and retired in 2013 and was re-elected in 2015 when Ross Town and Ross Rural parishes were amalgamated.

The Mayor attends meetings and events both in the town and as a representative of the town elsewhere. A current list of events can be viewed.

If you or your organisation would like to invite the Mayor to a function or meeting you can complete and submit the online form or download a pdf form and return it to the Office Administrator.