Stafford's first 'Council' was set up in 1613 under the first Mayor, Matthew Craddock. The silver gilt 'Great Mace' he commissioned in 1614 is still used at ceremonial occasions.
Today's Borough dates from 1974 local government reorganisation when four separate authorities: Stafford Borough, Stafford Rural, Stone Rural and Stone Urban, merged to form the modern day Borough Council.
The 40 member Council is elected every four years and a new Mayor elected annually in May. The last Borough Council elections were in May 2015.
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