The Mayor's role and history
Petition for an elected Mayor
Warrington currently has a Leader elected by the council, and a cabinet of councillors.
However, under the Local Government Act 2000, you can petition the council to hold a referendum on whether local people should elect a Mayor to lead the council instead.
A directly-elected mayor is elected by all the voters in the council's area to be the head of the council's decision making body. Having a directly elected mayor is a constitutional change and a referendum is held to give all voters in Warrington a chance to choose if they would want this arrangement.
In order to call a referendum for a directly elected mayor, a petition must be raised which is signed by 5% of local government electors that are included in the current Register of Electors. The verification figure is published annually in a formal notice: