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Interesting Robin. What did your research show about the effectiveness of the mayor? I guess the main thing people want is action. Is the mayor actually better at ‘getting things done’ than the council was?
Thanks for your question. There is no doubt that a directly elected mayor can get things done more quickly than politicians operating within a cabinet-council model of decision-making. This is because the mayor has the authority to decide many things and implement them. For example, Mayor Ferguson changed the name of the municipal offices of the local authority from the ‘Council House’ to ‘City Hall’ on his first day in office. And many other decisions have followed since then, notably in relation to Resident Parking Zones. However, ‘getting things done’ is not the only measure of civic leadership. Citizens need to form their own views of the quality of what ‘gets done’ and, just as important, who is benefiting and who is losing from the decisions that are made.