New Mayor of Medway Cllr David Carr has taken over the mayoral chains of office for the coming year from outgoing mayor Cllr Val Goulden. He aims to make the issues of community safety and law and order the central theme of his mayoralty. He said: “I will be seeking to improve the people's perception of Medway by attempting to positively influence all those who can rid our walls of graffiti, our streets of grime and litter, and the threat of bad behaviour from our doorsteps.” Cllr Carr officially took up his duties as Mayor of Medway for 2008/09 on 7 May, when he was elected at the council’s Annual Meeting. The Mayoress is his wife Kirstine. The Deputy Mayor of Medway is Cllr Ted Baker, and the Deputy Mayoress is his wife Sylvia. The new mayor’s chosen charities for his year in office are the NSPCC, Medway Child Contact Centre, Wisdom Hospice, and Alzheimer’s And Dementia Support Services. Cllr David Carr was elected to the council in May 2007, making him the shortest-serving councillor in Medway's history to be nominated as Mayor. Cllr Ted Baker was Mayor of Medway in 2002/03 and has been Deputy Mayor on three previous occasions. Background: the role and function of the mayor The council elects the mayor annually. The mayor has the following responsibilities: · to uphold and promote the council’s constitution, and to interpret it at meetings of the council; · 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 debating matters of concern to the local community, and at which non-cabinet members can hold the Leader and cabinet to account; · to promote public involvement in the council’s activities; and · to attend such civic and ceremonial functions as the council and he/she determines appropriate.