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The mayor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the Town of Wilkesboro for the term of one year and until his successor shall be elected and qualified. The town commissioners may allow said mayor an annual salary not exceeding three hundred dollars, to be paid out of the town treasury. In case a vacancy shall occur in the office of mayor, the town commissioners shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. In case two or more persons receive an equal number of votes for the office of mayor, the sheriff of Wilkes County shall determine the matter by his vote. If a vacancy occur in the office by death, resignation or otherwise, and there is not a board of commissioners competent to fill such vacancy, the board of commissioners of Wilkes County, on such fact being certified to them by the town clerk, shall appoint a recorder for said town, whose duty it shall be to preside at the town court, known as the mayor’s court, with as full and ample authority to try and dispose of all cases within the jurisdiction of said court as the mayor has under this Charter, and to perform all other duties incumbent on the mayor, who shall for the time being be entitled to the emoluments of the office, and shall continue to hold his office and exercise the duties thereof until the office of mayor is filled according to law.