North Augusta City Council voted unanimously June 3 to reelect Ken McDowell as mayor pro tempore.
The position is voted on every two years by the city council, and usually takes place within the first two meetings of swearing in of the new councilmembers.
The mayor pro tem is nominated from ranks of the city council, and then voted on by council members. McDowell ran unopposed.
It is the resposibility of the mayor pro tem to preside over city council meetings when the mayor is incapacitated or otherwise unable to do so, said Mayor Lark Jones.
“If lightning struck me tonight, I have no doubt that Ken would do an admirable job,” Jones joked.
McDowell, who has been mayor pro tem for more than two years, has stepped in for Jones at least once before.
A graduate of Auburn University, McDowell was nominated by councilwoman Pat Carpenter.
Councilman Jimmy Adams, who left the meeting early due to illness, was the only member absent for the vote.
“That’s an excellent choice,” said Jones on McDowell’s reelection.
“If tradition holds, then I won’t miss any meetings and he won’t have to fill in for me.”