Taylor's mayor since 2017 will continue in that position for a new term, and a new mayor pro tem has been selected.
On Nov. 16, the Taylor City Council unanimously re-elected Mayor Brandt Rydell to its chief spot and elected councilman Gerald Anderson to the mayor pro tem position. The election was made during the council's special called session Monday night for the traditional canvassing of vote results in this year's municipal elections.
“I want to express my appreciation to the council for your continued faith and confidence in me,” said Rydell. “It’s very, very humbling.”
Anderson also extended his appreciation to the council.
Dwayne Ariola, who had served as mayor pro tem since May 2019, was sworn into the at-large seat Monday. He continues to represent that role after being re-elected to the council in the 2020 general election Nov. 3.
Rydell has been on the City Council representing Taylor’s District 3 since 2012 and began his first term as mayor in 2017. Anderson joined the council in May 2019 to represent District 1.
Ariola was first elected to the council’s at-large seat in 2017. He won re-election against candidate Christopher Gonzales this month, 54% to 46%
Taylor has two other districts. Councilmember Mitchell Drummond represents District 2 and continues his term until 2021. Councilmember Robert Garcia represents District 4 with a term expiring in 2022.
Each year after the municipal elections, the city charter calls for the city council to elect a mayor and mayor pro tem from among council members. In the charter's article 7, section 5.1, the charter reads "A Mayor shall be elected by the five (5) total elected Council members, from among its members each of whom serve at the pleasure of the City Council. The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the City Council, be recognized as head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law but shall have no administrative duties.“
The city charter was also on Monday’s agenda. The council approved three amendments to the city charter through a resolution Monday.
The amendments require council members be elected by majority vote in accordance with state law, allow the city manager to hire and remove employees of the city and to define a council member’s conflict of interest with council by the Chapter 171 Texas Local Government Code. The amendments were also approved by citizens through propositions in the Nov. 3 election.
For more on the city charter, visit https://library.municode.com/tx/taylor/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH