From 6 May 2002, the traditional role of the Mayor changed when the people of Middlesbrough were given the opportunity to elect a Mayor.
Because protocol will not allow two Mayors in one town, the traditional civic ceremonial Mayor with chains and robes is now called 'The Chair of Middlesbrough Council'. Members of the council, at their annual meeting in May, elect the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council.
For the year 2019 to 2020 the Chair is Councillor John Hobson.
The Chair's role is to:
- act as the ceremonial figurehead of the council and the town
- preside over meetings of the full council
- act as the representative of the community in relation to royal and other ceremonial visits and functions
- lead the community in respect of civic duties such as Remembrance Sunday
- work for the general wellbeing of the community
- develop links between the council and community groups, schools, voluntary and charitable sectors
- develop overseas links - especially in relation to Town Twinning activities