SECTION 13.  MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR.
   The Mayor shall possess the same powers and duties as other City Council members, and shall be a voting member of City Council. The Mayor shall preside at all meetings of City Council; authenticate all ordinances and resolutions adopted by City Council; make all proclamations in the name of the City necessary or required either by general law or by ordinance or resolution of City Council; shall deliver an annual state of the City address; shall consult with the City Manager regarding agendas for City Council meetings; and shall be recognized as the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes, by the courts for purposes of serving civil process, and by the Governor for military purposes. The Mayor shall have no regular administrative duties, and serves only as the elected leader of the City.
   At the first meeting in January, at which newly elected or re-elected members of City Council assume the duties of their office, City Council shall choose one of its members as Vice-Mayor of City Council.  The term of the Vice-Mayor shall be for an indefinite period and shall be at the pleasure of City Council.  In the absence of the Mayor or in case of his disability, the Vice Mayor shall perform all the duties of the Mayor.
   In the event City Council fails to choose one of its members as Vice Mayor at the time herein provided, and until such choice is made, the ranking member in time of service shall be Vice Mayor. If two (2) or more members rank equally in time of service the number of votes received by each at the election in which they were elected to office shall determine which shall act as Vice Mayor.
(Amended 11-7-1972; 11-7-2000; 11-8-2005)