Name:    Lord Mayor Robert Rich
Mayor of Warwick CWD

Pre-War Profession: Upper State Merchant

Involvements During War Time: From 1841-1868 Robert Rich Governed as Mayor.

Current Residence: Des Moines, Iowa


Mayor of Warwick

As elected mayor of Warwick I am in charge of overseeing all aspects of the members of Warwick Living History Corporation at Civil War events as well as any sanctioned activities Warwick participates in. As mayor of Warwick I must remain neutral for the sake of the citizens, Union soldiers, & Confederate soldiers in the corporation, since members are from both sides of the conflict.

What is the role of the Mayor?

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A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning "larger"," greater") is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. Ranks one level under a Governor of the State.

In the United States, there are several distinct types of mayors. The first type of mayor is the mayor under the council-manager government (this form of government was first adopted by Staunton, Virginia in 1908; Dayton, Ohio became the first major city to use the system in 1913). In this form, common among medium sized cities, the mayor is a first among equals at the city council, analogous to a head of state for the city. However, the mayor does not have any special legislative powers. This system is suited for rural and suburban cities with a part time mayor and city council. In the second form, under a strong mayor system, the mayor acts as an elected executive with the city council functioning with legislative powers. The mayor may select a chief administrative officer to oversee the different departments. This is the system used in most of the United States' large cities, primarily because mayors serve full time and have a wide range of services that they oversee. In a weak mayor system, the mayor has appointing power for department heads but is subject to checks by the city council. This is common for smaller cities, especially in New England. Charlotte, North Carolina and Minneapolis, Minnesota are two notable large cities with a weak mayor.

Weak-Mayor Form

As with the statutes of the Articles of Incorporation of Warwick this body is governed under the Weak-Mayor Form in this form of the mayor-council government, the council possess both legislative and executive authority. The council may appoint officials and must approve of mayoral nominations. The council also exercises primary control over the municipal budget. In Warwick Living History Corporation the board of directors is the council.