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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 His 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 Gordon Cowan.


The current Vice-Chairman is Councillor David Cronk.

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