Doncaster council’s new civic mayor has been officially sworn in and will serve the town for the next year.
Labour councillor for Wheatley Hills and Intake, Paul Wray, was officially confirmed as the next civic mayor of the borough at a Doncaster council meeting on Friday.
Coun Wray, who has served as deputy mayor since last year, takes over the role from Coun Pat Haith, who was re-elected to represent the Roman Ridge ward earlier this month.
Coun Pat Haith said of her time as mayor: “It has been a great honour to be civic mayor for the last year, and I am very proud to have been able to serve the people of Doncaster. I wish Paul Wray all the best as he takes over the reins, and I’m sure he will enjoy serving as civic mayor as much as I have.”
Coun Wray said he was excited to have been chosen for the prestigious role.
“I hope I do a good job in representing the people of Doncaster. I want to visit as many people as possible and spend time representing my chosen charities the Cancer Detection Trust and Homestart,” he said.
Doncaster has operated under a directly elected mayoral system since May 2002.
The elected mayor of Doncaster, currently Ros Jones, takes on the executive function of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. However, the town still appoints a civic mayor whose function is ceremonial.
Mayor Ros Jones said: “The role of civic mayor is important with a wide range of duties and responsibilities. I would like to thank Pat Haith for the excellent job she has done, always representing our borough with great enthusiasm and passion, and look forward to Paul approaching the role in the same spirit.”