Deputy Lord Mayor
The current Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Paul McCusker.
Councillor McCusker represents the Oldpark electoral area. He was elected to office on 1 June 2020.
Duties and responsibilities
As Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor McCusker represents Belfast when the Lord Mayor is not available.
However, unlike the Lord Mayor, he continues to serve on council committees during his year in office and combines this work with his mayoral engagements.
Councillor McCusker also works closely with the Lord Mayor and the High Sheriff on projects and initiatives which help to enhance the profile of Belfast.
Addressing the Deputy Lord Mayor
If you are speaking in public and would like to welcome or introduce the Deputy Lord Mayor, the usual form of address is simply 'Deputy Lord Mayor'. For example, "and so, I'd like to welcome Councillor Paul McCusker, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast."
If you are speaking to the Deputy Lord Mayor in conversation, the correct title remains 'Deputy Lord Mayor'.
If you would like to write to the Deputy Lord Mayor, you should address your letter to 'the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul McCusker'. You should also begin your letter with 'Dear Deputy Lord Mayor'.