According to the City's Charter, the Mayor presides over City Council meetings. The Mayor shall also represent the City at official functions and shall be recognized as the head of the city government for the execution of contracts, deeds, and other documents approved by the City Council.
The Council shall, at its first regular meeting in January of each year, elect a Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor Pro Tem shall preside at council meetings in the event the Mayor is unable to do so. The Mayor Pro Tem shall act as Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor, and, if a vacancy occurs, shall become Mayor for the remainder of the unexpired term.