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A) Separate Office. The Mayor, who shall also serve as President of Council, shall be a qualified elector of the City and shall be elected by the voters of the City at the regular Municipal election in the year 1977, and every fourth (4th) year thereafter, for a term of four (4) years. The term shall commence, and the Mayor shall assume office, on the first (1st) day of January next following such election. The Mayor may be a candidate to succeed him or herself.
B) Duties. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of the Council but shall have no voice or vote in its proceedings, except in the event of a tie, and shall not have any other power to approve or disapprove ordinances or resolutions. The Mayor shall be an exÚofficio member of all committees created by Council; and shall be notified by the Clerk of Council of all meetings of said committees. The Mayor shall be recognized as head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes, but shall have no administrative duties.
C) Vacancy in Office. In case of a permanent vacancy in the office of Mayor, the Council shall select a successor from among its members who shall serve in that capacity only so long as such member is a duly elected Council member. The person so selected shall not vacate such office as Council member nor lose his or her vote. When the vacancy in the Mayor's office occurs before the expiration of two years of the former Mayor's term and more than one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the next regular Municipal election, a successor shall be elected to complete the unexpired term at a special election to be held on the day of the next regular Municipal election. The appointed candidate may be a candidate at such election.
D) President ProÚTem. The Council shall, at the time of its organization, elect one of its members as President ProÚTem who shall serve as acting Mayor when the Mayor is temporarily unable for any cause or reason to perform the duties of Mayor. The President ProÚTem shall retain his or her voting right on Council.