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Mayor

Councillor Jim Montgomery is the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey for 2020-21.

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Councillor Jim Montgomery is the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey for 2020-21.

Councillor Montgomery was first co-opted onto the Council in 2015, representing the Antrim District Electoral Area. He successfully retained his seat for another four year term in the 2019 Local Government Elections.

Passionate about the Borough in which he has lived his entire life, Councillor Montgomery is an avid supporter of the arts and culture industry and is committed to promoting the creation of opportunities for the betterment of the citizens, groups and businesses within the Borough.  

His professional background as a Civil Servant for more than 30 years, specialising in Finance, underpins his commitment to ensuring the effective use of public resources. 

Councillor Montgomery is a Board Member of Rehability - a mental health charity based in Antrim and is a Governor of Parkhall Primary School. 
 

 

Duties and Responsibilities of the Mayor

As Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery has a number of duties and responsibilities, including:

  • presiding over council meetings and, in the case of equality of votes, he has a second or casting vote
  • promoting and raising awareness of the Council’s main objectives and priority issues
  • encouraging and supporting all aspects of life in Antrim and Newtownabbey by attending civic and public events
  • receiving distinguished visitors to the Borough
  • acting as host on behalf of the council and the citizens of Antrim and Newtownabbey  at civic functions
  • acting as a spokesperson to the local, national and international media
  • providing an appropriate response on behalf of Antrim and Newtownabbey  at times of local, national and international catastrophe
  • supporting and encouraging charitable and other appeals as appropriate
  • promoting Antrim and Newtownabbey’s  business, commercial, cultural and social life
  • promoting Antrim and Newtownabbey as a place of excellence in which to live to do business and as a tourist destination

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