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The Chairman of Dorset County Council

 The current Chairman of the County Council is Hilary Cox

The Chairman is elected by the County Council annually and receives regular briefings by, or on behalf of, the Chief Executive on current issues. The Vice-Chairman of the County Council will also be elected by the Council annually. The Chairman of the County Council and in his/her absence the Vice-Chairman will have the following roles and functions:

  • to uphold and promote the purposes of the Constitution, and to interpret the Constitution where necessary;
  • to preside over meetings of the Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and with regard to the rights of councillors and the interests of the community;
  • to ensure that the Council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community and the place at which members who are not on the Executive are able to hold the Executive account;
  • to promote public involvement in the Council's activities;
  • to be the conscience of the Council;
  • to be the civic and ceremonial head of the Council and to attend such civic and ceremonial functions as the Council and he/she determines appropriate; and,
  • To give agreement in accordance with the Access to Information Procedure Rules (Rule 16) to the use of the Special Urgency Procedure.

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