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The Chairman of Dover District Council is the First Citizen in the District of Dover, Deal and Sandwich and takes precedence over all others including the Town Mayors, but excluding royalty and Her Majesty’s deputy, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent.

The Chairman is elected annually by fellow Councillors.


Role of the Chairman

The Chairman has a range of responsibilities

Chairman of the Council

The current Chairman is Councillor Michael Conolly


The current Vice-Chairman is Councillor David Hannent

Invite the Chairman

Use our online form to invite the Chairman to your event

Past Postholders

A list of the past Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Council

Letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Michael Conolly, has received a letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lady Colgrain, thanking all those in the district who are working to support the community though the coronavirus outbreak.  The Lord Lieutenant is HM The Queen’s representative in the county.