1.Mayor Steven Smith attended a charity event.
2.Wildlife Liason Officer, Lorraine Nelson, attended the scene of the incident.
These examples were taken from a newspaper.
How does the appositive, in this case an occupation, Mayor differ from Wildlife Liaison Officer, in terms of it taking commas? They are both similar in that they are both occupations and not specific identifiers?
Sorry you are incorrect.
Mayor is a title Therefore it is a specific identifier.
Therefore there is no comma between Mayor and his name it is one phrase. The continuing sentence is also short and joins perfectly with the name to make a complete sentence without several phrases. The second example would be awkward without the commas as it is listing three item. Occupation, name, reason.
answers.comThe Mayor of a city would be addressed as Honorable (full name), Mayor of (name of town). Any elected official is addressed as Honorable, and they may retain the title for life.