11How will the existing city mayors work with the metro mayors?
Some of the combined authorities that will elect metro mayors in 2017 have existing city mayors. Liverpool, for example, has a city mayor but has agreed to a metro mayor for the whole city region. Similarly Doncaster, as part of the Sheffield City Region, already has a city mayor but will take part in the metro mayor elections.
Based on the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act and the proposed devolution agreements so far, theoretically the city mayors can continue to lead their own authority, while still working with a metro mayor across the city region. The city mayor would have the same position in the combined authority cabinet as other city leaders, regardless of how they are elected. It is possible though for a city mayoral position to be removed. It remains to see whether or not this will happen in some places.