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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 2018-19
Councillor Harry Bramer was elected Mayor by his fellow councillors. His Mayor's Consort is Mrs Marie Ward.
The Deputy Mayor for the year is Councillor Valerie Coker.
Each Mayor chooses a charity to support during his or her term of office. His chosen charity is PAPYRUS the charity seeking to prevent young suicides.
Cllr Bramer moved to Ross in 1999 to run his wedding business in local Stately Homes. These included two in Essex - Leez Priory and Gosfield Hall and one in Somerset - St Audries Park and nearby Clearwell Castle in the Royal Forest of Dean. He soon became actively involved in local politics and was elected to Herefordshire Council in 2003 and was asked to the Cabinet in 2007, a position he continues to hold to the present day.
In addition to his Cabinet responsibilities he is a champion for Ross-on-Wye within Herefordshire Council and since 2003 he has actively been involved in establishing Ross Enterprise Park on the former Model Farm which is planned to bring 1000 new jobs to Ross.
He was first elected to Ross-on-Wye Town Council in 2007 and served four years to 2011 and was re-elected in 2015.
He continues as Chairman of the family business which continues to expand and currently employees some 300 staff across four venues.
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.