The Chairman of Staffordshire County Council for 2012/2013 is Mr Ian Lawson
The Chairman is elected by the whole County Council to control the proceedings of council meetings in a fair manner. To do this the Chairman is traditionally neutral although ultimately has a 'casting vote' on decisions at full Council. The role of the Chairman is largely ceremonial but also has a constitutional role to play within the political structure of the County Council.
The Chairman is the First Citizen of the County and as such takes precedence over all citizens. The only exception to this rule is when there is Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant is visiting the District.
The Chairman also has a broader role in terms of engaging with the people of Staffordshire and acts as an ambassador for the County Council. The Chairman will undertake many informal engagements meeting people during visits to communities, organisations and events.
During the course of the civic year the Chairman will host receptions, afternoon teas and celebration evenings to show appreciation for service given to the county by representatives of communities, volunteering and faiths.
The Vice-Chairman for 2012/2013 is Mr Frank Chapman.