Dorchester Town Council is the parish authority for the county town of Dorset. The Town Council was created in 1974 as the succesor authority to Dorchester Borough Council. There has been a history of local government in Dorchester dating back to Anglo Saxon times and Dorchester has been the county town since 1305. It has elected a mayor since 1629.
The town has a population of over 18,000, which is growing quickly with the expansion of Dorchester at Poundbury and Brewery Square. The Town Council provides a wide range of social and recreational facilities, and promotes the town's interests with the other statutory bodies that operate in the town.
The Town Council has 20 members, elected for a period of 4 years. The next elections are in May 2015. The Mayor, who also acts as Chairman of the Council, and the Deputy Mayor, are elected annually by the Council each May.
Mayor of Dorchester
Councillor Peter Mann will serve as Mayor for the Council year from 19 May 2014. If you would like to read Councillor Peter Mann's speech which was read at the Mayor making ceremony please click here.
Peter's working career was in education as a head teacher and a chief schools inspector. He now chairs a local Educational trust and volunteers for Dorchester Child Contact Centre. He also chairs Dorchester Municipal Charities and is Vice-Chair of Dorchester Citizen's Advice Bureau. He has lived in town for 30 years , and was elected to Council in 2005 for the West Ward.
He will be supported by his wife Sheila as Mayoress, with Councilor Stella Jones as Deputy Mayor. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event that you are organising please click here to download a Mayoral Engagement Form. Alternatively please contact the Mayor's Secretary. For a list of the Mayor's engagements for the forthcoming week please click here.