CALDERDALE residents are to be consulted on whether they would like an elected mayor.
Recent government legislation means the majority of councils must agree a new leadership model by December this year and implement it in May 2010.
Kirklees Council has backed plans for an elected leader of the council, who would serve for four years, and are now consulting on that idea.
Calderdale faced two choices: either a mayor elected by the public with a four year term in office or a council leader elected by all council members with a four year term.
Before consulting the public a council has to make its own decision and Calderdale has plumped for a leader elected by members.
Clr Stephen Baines, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “Consultation with the public will begin now and last until December.
“We will be doing this in a number of ways including discussions at the new ward forums and information on the website and in public buildings.
“The responses we receive on this issue will be considered again at a special meeting of the full council in December”.