The Mayor

The Mayor

Raised in Sutton Coldfield from a young age, David attended Bishop Vesey Grammar School. He first became involved in politics in 1976. He and his wife Caroline have 3 sons.

David is passionate about the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield. He represents Trinity Ward on both the Town and City Councils. Last year he served as Leader, Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Town Council Finance and General Purposes Committee.

David is an active volunteer in the community. He is proud to be a founder of Friends of Rectory Park and supported the set up of Sutton Coldfield Community Games. He is a staunch supporter of the youth within the community and currently sits on the management panel at Clifton Road Youth Centre. In the past, Cllr Pears has served as Governor on Holland House, Town Middle school and Arthur Terry School. Before Arthur Terry became an Academy, David served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Over the years, David has led a successful campaign through the Queen Elizabeth Field in Trust Campaign to ensure Rectory Park is protected for the future. He also played an active part in securing funding in excess of £500k to make improvements to the park. Other achievements include chairing the Sutton Park Advisory Committee and helping to form Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID). In his spare time, David enjoys visiting parks, both at home and abroad, traveling and relaxing with friends and family.

Book the Mayor

The Town Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events held in the Town.

The Mayor may be able to attend events at short notice. But to avoid disappointment, please give the Council Offices as much notice as possible of your planned event.

To book the Mayor please email us admin@suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk or write to us at the Council offices with details of the date, time, venue, and background information of your event and what the Town Mayor is required to do.

The History

The first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield was John Benjamin Stone. He was elected in 1886 when a Charter was granted to establish the first Town Council in Sutton Coldfield. The Mayor and his fellow councillors represented the population of Sutton, which was under 8,000.

The role of Mayor continued until the early 1970s when Local Government reorganisation saw Sutton Coldfield move from the County of Warwickshire to the Metropolitan District of Birmingham. On 1 April 1974 Sutton became the largest constituency in the Birmingham City Council and the position of Mayor ceased to exist until the new Town Council was formed in 2016.

The Role

Although the power of the Mayor has diminished throughout the centuries, the office continues play a central part within modern Councils. The Mayor represents the Authority and its area, connects the present day with history and acts as a symbol of continuity.

The Mayor has two distinct roles:

Civic role

The Mayor is the first citizen of the town. Within the town, he or she has precedence over all but members of the Royal Family, the Queen’s deputy, the Lord Lieutenant and the Lod Mayor. In their Civic Role the Mayor meets with individuals and communities to honour them for their contribution to the life of the town, and to promote civic pride. The Mayor may also be a member or patron, ex officio, of a number of organisations. The role of Mayor is distinct from that of Councillor and the Mayor acts in a non-political manner when carrying out the civic role. The Deputy Mayor attends functions when the Mayor is unable to do so.

Chair of Council

The Mayor also chairs meetings of the Full Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently, with regard to the rights of Councillors and the interests of the community.

The Mayor upholds and interprets the Constitution and ensures that the Council meeting is a forum for the debate of matters of concern to the local community

 



 

The Mayor - David Pears