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    City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    Hello!
    Would you please be so kind as to tell me what would be the most correct term to use:
    City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?
    I was challenged by a colleague for using "chairman". His explanation was that a chair practically only chairs a session and that the president of a city assembly has much wider responsibilities than just chairing. Is he right?
    Thank you very much in advance!
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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    The correct term is the one that is used officially for the position. 'President' may be the most important and powerful person in an organisation, or may be a figurehead. Chairman Mao did more than just chair meetings.

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    Thank you very much for such a prompt reply!
    All the best!

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    The head of a city or municipal council is more often called a mayor.

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    The head of a city or municipal council is more often called a mayor.

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    Not necessarily. In most towns and cities in the UK the office of Mayor is a ceremonial rather than an executive position

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    Not necessarily. In most towns and cities in the UK the office of Mayor is a ceremonial rather than an executive position
    And what is the head of the executive called?

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    In Manchester (and I suspect in most other towns and cities in the UK), he's the Chief Executive.

    Rover

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    In some places, the old title of 'Town Clerk' is still used.

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    The head of a city or municipal council is more often called a mayor.

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    No, not in the US. A mayor is a separate elected position, an executive. Those on a city council are legislators. Legislators write laws, executives carry out the laws.

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    Re: City Assembly Chairman, President or Speaker?

    So Dragan, what we appear to be saying is the a job title means what the people using it want it to mean. You can be reasonably certain what a military rank means, but in business and local government you can never be sure.

    Even in the military, a sergeant major is not a major, and the rank of captain in the navy is several grades above that of an army captain; a sub-lieutenant or even a non-commissioned officer may be the captain of a naval vessel.

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