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Mayor of Gibraltar
COA Government of Gibraltar.svg
Coat of arms of the Mayor of Gibraltar
Incumbent
Olga Zammitt

since 1 August 2009
Style Her Worship
Residence Gibraltar City Hall
Appointer Gibraltar Parliament
Term length 12 months
Inaugural holder Joshua Hassan
Succession Anthony Lombard
Deputy Anthony Lombard
Salary Unpaid

His or Her Worship, the Mayor of Gibraltar, is currently the ceremonial official of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The Mayor is appointed by the elected Members of Parliament[1] and takes residency in the City Hall. Since the 1 August 2009 Mrs. Olga Zammitt holds the position of Mayor of Gibraltar and Anthony Lombard that of Deputy Mayor.[2]

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History

Since the creation of the City Council in 1921, it had a chairman. In 1955, upon request of the Members of the City Council, the post was renamed to Mayor, and therefore, the Mayor of Gibraltar was chosen from among the members of the Council.

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1969 Constitution

The City Council disappeared when the new Gibraltar Constitution Order in Council was signed in 1969. However, the Mayor of Gibraltar survived, but only with a ceremonial character, and was to be elected by the House of Assembly (later the Parliament).[3] This meant that office was invariably taken by the Speaker or a Government Minister.[4]

The 1969 Constitution stated:[3]

A person elected to the office of Mayor shall hold office upon such terms and conditions, and shall perform such functions (being ceremonial functions of a civic character), as may be determined by the Governor, acting after consultation with the Gibraltar Council.

2006 Constitution

Following the new 2006 Constitution, the Mayor no longer had to be chosen from among the Members of Parliament. Instead, the Mayor is appointed by Parliament. The intention was to move to a new system whereby citizens from the community at large can be appointed Mayor for a one year period. The Government of Gibraltar announced that a Deputy Mayor would also be appointed for the same period and would take up the office of Mayor the following year.[4]

Appointment

Centrally situated in John Mackintosh Square, opposite the Gibraltar Parliament, the Gibraltar City Hall is the official residence of the Mayor of Gibraltar.

The Mayor of Gibraltar is appointed by Parliament but no longer from within Parliament, and is to hold the position for a one year period.[5] As per the 2006 Constitution:[1]

A person elected to the office of Mayor shall hold office upon such terms and conditions, and shall perform such functions (being ceremonial functions of a civic character), as may be determined by the Parliament.

Deputy

A Deputy Mayor is at the same time appointed by Parliament for one year to assist and support the Mayor in the discharge of Mayoral duties, as well as to act as Mayor when s/he is unable to participate in a civic event. The Deputy will take office as Mayor the following year and a new Deputy appointed, and so on.[6][5]

Duties

Since 1969, the Mayor is not a political figure as his/her duties are entirely ceremonial and civic.[5] The posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Gibraltar are honorific and thus unpaid.[4]

Gibraltar National Day

The most prominent event in the Mayor's calendar is the Gibraltar National Day. On this day the Mayor formally presents the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour to its recipients and reads out the Gibraltar National Day Declaration from the City Hall's balcony.

List of Mayors

The following is a list of all the Mayors of Gibraltar since the first tenure began in 1955:[7]

Picture Name Took Office Left Office
1 The Hon. Sir Joshua A. Hassan The Hon. Sir Joshua Hassan CBE MVO QC JP 1955 1969
2 The Hon. Col. William Thompson OBE JP 1969 1970
3 The Hon. Alfred J. Vasquez CBE MA 1970 1976
4 The Hon. Adolfo J. Canepa The Hon. Adolfo J. Canepa 1976 1978
5 The Hon. Horace J. Zammit 1979 1979
6 The Hon. Abraham W. Serfaty CBE JP 1979 1988
7 The Hon. Mari I. Montegriffo 1988 1995
8 The Hon. Robert Mor 1995 1996
9 Judge John E. Alcantara CBE 1996 2004
10 The Hon. Clive G. Beltran 2004 31 July 2008
11 The Hon. Solomon Levy The Hon. Solomon 'Momy' Levy 1 August 2008 31 July 2009
12 Mrs Olga Zammitt, JP The Hon. Olga Zammit 1 August 2009 Incumbent
Will leave office on 31 July 2010
13 The Hon. Anthony Lombard Will take office on 1 August 2010 Will leave office on 31 July 2011

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