Cllr Steve to be next Lord Mayor of Bristol
Conservative councillor Steve Smith is set to become the next Lord Mayor of Bristol, making him the first man in the job for four years.
The local representative for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze representative was due to take up the ceremonial role on May 25, replacing former Lord Mayor Jos Clark, a Lib Dem, who has been in the post for the last two years.
The non-political role is usually rotated between the parties on an annual basis but the coronavirus pandemic meant Cllr Clark’s term was extended by a year.
It was expected to go to Claire Hiscott this year, but the Tories selected Cllr Smith after Mrs Hiscott lost her Horfield seat in the local elections.
Steve Smith said: “I feel really honoured and excited to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started and meet as many people and organisations as possible around the city.”
He said he was looking forward to representing the city and would like the theme of his year to be about supporting volunteers and volunteering.
As the First Citizen of Bristol, the Lord Mayor carries out around 800 engagements a year. These range from major civic events such as the annual Remembrance Sunday parade and service to meeting, supporting and connecting local communities and organisations.
Other than ceremonial duties, the Lord Mayor chairs full council meetings and the Downs Committee.
Although the position does not involve any policy-making, it does carry the casting vote if full council is deadlocked on decisions.