After taking the oath of office on the first Wednesday in December in each odd-numbered year, Council shall meet in the Council Chamber for the purpose of organizing. At such organizational meeting, Council shall choose one of its members as Mayor and one as Vice Mayor. The Mayor shall be the presiding officer of Council. The Mayor shall make appointments to the Standing and Special Committees of Council, and shall coordinate the work of said committees. In the absence of the Mayor, the Vice Mayor shall act as the presiding officer of the Council. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor, the Vice Mayor shall become Mayor for the unexpired term, and Council shall elect a new Vice Mayor for the unexpired term.
   Council may, from time to time, appoint from among its members a Mayor pro-tem to serve for a specific temporary period of time in the absence of both the Mayor and the Vice Mayor. The Mayor pro-tem shall have all powers of the Mayor and Vice Mayor in their absence.