The Sheriff is elected annually by secret ballots (if there is more than one nomination). The winner of the ballot is elected Sheriff at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- Nominations to be submitted to the Head of Democratic Services by 4pm on the Wednesday following Polling Day (or, when no local election is held, following the first Thursday in May).
- At the end of their year of office, the Sheriff to be appointed Lord Mayor for the following year at the next AGM unless any other nomination is received by 4pm on the Wednesday following Polling Day (or in a fallow year, following the first Thursday in May). If there is more than one nomination, a secret ballot to be held with the winner of the ballot being appointed Lord Mayor at the AGM.
- Should the Lord Mayor’s post become vacant mid-term, the Sheriff will be expected to fill it (assuming they were able and willing to do so) with nominations then being invited to fill the vacant post of Sheriff for the rest of the year. At the end of the year, the Lord Mayor and Sheriff would be reappointed to those posts at the AGM unless other nominations had been received by the deadline mentioned above, in which case a secret ballot would be held.
- Each member nominated to have served a minimum eight years (two full terms) as a member of the Council, although those years need not necessarily be consecutive.
- Each nomination to be moved and seconded by an elected member of the Council with the selection being free from the Party Whip and by a secret ballot to be undertaken over the five days immediately following the close of nominations. If there are more than two candidates, the decision to be made by the single transferable vote system. If there are only two candidates, the decision to be by a simple majority.
Each mover of a nomination to prepare a statement explaining why they think the nominee would be appropriate for the role.
Each member nominated to commit to a full induction programme and to undertake training and development where required.
The members appointed to these posts should reduce their Committee memberships and must give up any external responsibility which may imply a conflict of interest with their role.