Hertsmere Borough Council has welcomed its first openly gay mayor following a council meeting on Wednesday, May 17.
Councillor Chris Myers has taken over as Mayor of Hertsmere from councillor John Graham and was inaugurated at the council’s annual meeting.
The new Deputy Mayor councillor Richard Butler was also welcomed.
Mayor Myers is looking forward to his year as mayor, during which he will be raising money to support charities ADD-vance and The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Mayor Myers said: “I am delighted to take on the role of the Mayor of Hertsmere. The day of my inauguration, May 17, was also the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Lesbophobia and Transphobia, and I am proud to be Hertsmere’s first openly gay Mayor.
“I look forward to strengthening my connections with the community and seeing how I can make a difference in Hertsmere.”
During his time as mayor, cllr Graham raised money to support Peace Hospice Care.
He said: “It has been an honour to serve as Mayor of Hertsmere over the past year; a year that has seen hardship such as the cost-of-living pressures, the continuing war in Ukraine and the death of the longest-serving monarch, and I was able to reach out to the local community to listen to their concerns and answer questions.
“But through these hardships, I’ve been able to see first-hand the activities of individuals and local groups which make a difference to the community, such as visiting foodbanks, warm spaces and the summer meals projects.
“I will cherish my time as mayor and wish our new mayor the best.”