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The Mayor of Medway
For 2016-17 the Mayor of Medway is Councillor
Stuart Tranter. His wife, Mrs Sarah Tranter, is the Mayoress.
Councillor Tranter officially took up duties
on 18 May 2016, when he was elected at the Annual Council
He is a semi-retired company director.
His early career was in BT marketing, but for over 20 years he has
run his own companies specialising in business development.
Councillor Tranter was elected to the
Council in May 2015. His local ward is Rochester West and he has
lived in Medway all his life. He wants to do all he can to promote
and develop Medway now that he is not so busy with his businesses
by hosting events with key organisations and people who want
to invest in and improve Medway.
He has decided to focus on just one charity ‘Christians against Poverty’ (CAP) in
Problems can arise due to loss of work, poor physical or mental
health, or breakdown of relationships – and often a combination of
these. The trained volunteers from CAP work alongside people
regardless of their faith or background, they do not judge, but
they give professional help and personal support for as long as it
takes to resolve the problems.
The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Gloria Opara.
What is a Mayor?
The Mayor is the highest position within Medway Council.
He or she is elected annually by councillors
and presides over meetings of the Full Council.
He or she attends a number of Civic
functions and public events
throughout Medway and is also entitled to wear certain items of
Civic regalia and the
Medway Coat of Arms.
Most importantly, the Mayor is the first citizen of
the area and the official representative of the Crown. This means
that anywhere within Medway, the Mayor of Medway takes precedence
over all others, including visiting dignitaries, mayors of other
boroughs, chairmen of district councils, county councillors and the
like - except royalty.