The Assembly is a legislative and control body of Metropolis GZM. It consists of representatives of all 41 member cities and communes.
The Assembly adopts resolutions regarding the manner, form and financing of projects related to the implementation of statutory tasks by the Metropolis. The Assembly also has a controlling function over the Management Board.
Resolutions of the Assembly are adopted by a double majority of votes. This means that a given project must not only get the majority of the votes of the statutory composition of delegates, but they must also represent more than half of the Metropolitan population.
Representatives of the Assembly elect the Chairperson and a maximum of three Deputy Chairpersons. The task of the Chairperson or, in their absence, the Deputy Chairpersons is to convene the sessions of the Assembly and to conduct them. The first session of the Assembly after local government elections is convened by the President of Katowice, who acts as the government’s representative for the Metropolis. Until the Assembly’s Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons are elected, the session is led by the oldest delegate.
The Assembly appoints an audit committee that oversees the legality, reliability, expediency and economy of the activities undertaken by the Metropolis and its organizational units.
A Disputes Committee also operates in Metropolis GZM. Its task is to find compromise solutions when at least one of the communes decides that a resolution adopted or proceeded by the General Assembly violates its interest. Other delegates may also join the objection raised by one commune. The Disputes Committee prepares an opinion and a proposal to solve this situation, which is later presented to all Assembly delegates.
Resolution initiatives can be brought up by at least 11 delegates of the Assembly, committees of the Assembly and the Management Board.
Bureau of the Metropolis GZM Assembly
Arkadiusz Chęciński, Mayor of Sosnowiec, Chair of the Metropolis GZM Assembly
Holds a degree in public administration. He conducted business activity related to quality control for 20 years. In 2006, he became a councillor of the City Council in Sosnowiec, and in December 2010 he became chair of the council. In October 2011, he was appointed the 1st Deputy Mayor of Sosnowiec. From June 2013, he was a member of the Board of the Silesian Voivodeship. In December 2014, he was elected Mayor of Sosnowiec. Four years later, he stood for re-election with positive results. On 21 October 2018, in the first round of the mayoral election, he was re-elected for the next term. He represents Sosnowiec in the Association of Polish Cities and in the Metropolis GZM.
Mariusz Wołosz, Mayor of Bytom, Deputy Chair of the Metropolis GZM Assembly
Mariusz Wołosz has been the mayor of Bytom since 2018. He was the co-founder and deputy chair of the management board of the Association of County Hospitals of the Silesian Voivodeship, and in the years 2014–2018 he held the post of director of Hospital No. 2 in Mysłowice. For 14 years, he served as a councillor of the City Council in Bytom, and in the years 2010–2012 he was the Deputy Mayor of Bytom in charge of health care and social policy. He is also involved in social activities as the president of the Friendly City Bytom Association. He is married with children.
Andrzej Kotala, Mayor of Chorzów, Deputy Chair of the Metropolis GZM Assembly
The Mayor of Chorzów was born on 9 November 1962 and graduated from the Silesian University of Technology with a degree in mining and drilling machinery and equipment. In the early 1990s, he started conducting his own business activity, and in 1992 he became chair of the management board of a commercial company. From 2008 to 2010, he was the president of the Voivodeship Park of Culture and Leisure. In 2002, he was elected city councillor for the first time. In the 2006 elections, he stood for the office of the mayor of Chorzów without success and was elected city councillor once again. He stood for city mayor once again in the local government elections in 2010. In early 2015, he also became Chair of the Metropolis GZM Assembly. In the second round, he defeated Marek Kopel, who stood for re-election, by obtaining 50.59% of all votes. In 2014 and 2018, he was elected for subsequent terms of office in the first round of the voting.
Adam Neumann, Mayor of Gliwice, Deputy Chair of the Metropolis GZM Assembly
Graduate of the Faculty of Energy and Mechanical Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology, an entrepreneur and social worker. From 2006, he held the position of Deputy Mayor of the City of Gliwice. In 2020, in an early election, he was elected Mayor of Gliwice in the first round of the vote. As a university student, he was active in student clubs Program i and Spirala.For 18 years, he conducted his own business activity. For several years now, he has given lectures on real estate management for postgraduate students at the University of Silesia, the University of Technology in Katowice and the WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza. He actively participates in the life of the local community, sharing his knowledge and experience.