GALVESTON — In a unanimous vote last week, the Galveston City Council named District 5 Councilwoman Terrilyn Tarlton the city’s mayor pro tem.

“I’m very excited about it and I’m looking forward to serving as the pro tem,” Tarlton said Monday. “I will never be the mayor.”

She said she had no plans to ever run for that office.

Being named to the position means that Tarlton presides over council meetings in place of Mayor Jim Yarbrough when he is not present or must recuse himself. She also would act in the mayor’s stead at public events.

Tarlton also would become mayor if Yarbrough was removed from the mayorship, until an election is held to choose a new mayor.

In other council business, the City Council held a brief special meeting Monday to install new District 1 Councilman Tarris Woods and recognize outgoing Councilwoman Cornelia Harris Banks.

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