The Mayor is Stamford’s foremost citizen and the ceremonial leader of the town. In cases of unavailability or absence, the Mayor may be represented by the Deputy Mayor, or a senior councillor (Past Mayor who is an active member of the council), as and when appropriate. The function of the Mayor is entirely apolitical. An effective Mayor can play a major rôle in promoting a positive image of Stamford and Stamford’s influence and importance at a local, regional, national and international level. A Mayor’s major contribution to the rôle is to focus on the promotion, development and execution of the Town Council’s vision and core objectives. Residents of Stamford rightfully expect the highest standards of conduct and impartiality in their Mayor and that the incumbent will proactively engage upon a wide range of duties and activities on their behalf during the mayoral year of office.