Councilor Dean Girbach was appointed Mayor pro-tem for the City of Saline at Monday's council meeting.
Council voted 7-0 to approve Mayor Brian Marl's recommendation.
Girbach is the longest-serving member of council, having served from 1997-2003 and again from 2010 to the present time.
"I put a lot of thought into who I select to serve as payor pro-tem because in the unfortunate event I become incapacitated or unable to serve, I want somebody who will be able to step into the position and effectively manage and lead city government," Marl said.
In the absence of the mayor, the mayor pro-tem runs the meetings, represents the city at events and performs other duties. Former Mayor Gretchen Driskell often rotated the honor through council each year. Mayor Marl tends to choose a trusted council member and have them hold the position. In Marl's first seven years on council, David Rhoads and Linda TerHaar served as mayor pro-tem.
In addition to appointing Girbach, council also appointed Councilor Jack Ceo to preside over meetings in the event Girbach and Marl are absent.