Beaumont City Council chooses mayor pro tem

Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright speaks with Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames

As one councilperson’s tenure as mayor pro tempore ends, another has been chosen to act in that capacity for the city of Beaumont. At-large Councilwoman Gethrel “Get” Williams-Wright will take over as mayor pro tem for Ward 4 Councilwoman Robin Mouton. Mouton continues to serve on city council.

Merriam-Webster defines “pro tempore,” derived from Latin, as “for the time being.” In the mayor’s absence, the mayor pro tempore, or mayor pro tem, performs the mayor’s duties, acting in his or her stead as needed. Some cities have vice mayors who take the place of a mayor who is absent. But Beaumont and other municipalities instead elect a mayor pro tem from the council to serve in the mayor’s absence.

Mouton has acted as mayor pro tem since being voted in by colleagues a year ago. As her time in the position came to an end, she nominated Wright as her replacement. The July 25 vote was unanimously in favor.

During her time as mayor pro tem, Mouton took Mayor Becky Ames’ place at events when the mayor was unavailable. Mouton attended ribbon-cutting ceremonies, had speaking engagements with various organization and community groups and performed other mayoral duties while serving as mayor pro tem.

Mouton congratulated Wright for being elected as the new mayor pro tem, and remarked that filling the mayor’s shoes was quite a task.

“It has been a joy and a pleasure to serve as mayor pro tem for this last year,” said Mouton. “I’ve seen a lot of things in the year. A lot of people probably don’t realize what it entails being the mayor pro tem, but the mayor has multiple, multiple duties that sometimes conflict with her schedule. So, therefore, a mayor pro tem is required to go out and assist the mayor in the many duties and responsibilities she has.

“This past year I saw a lot of things. … I witnessed a lot of dreams, a lot of new businesses, a lot of new brick and mortar. … It’s been a joy and a pleasure to serve. I look forward to working with Councilwoman Get as she takes over the role of mayor pro tem to assist the mayor in the many tasks that she has.”

“Thank you all so much for having the confidence in me to be your mayor pro tem again,” Wright said, addressing her fellow councilmen at the end of the council meeting. “I really do appreciate that, and I will work hard.”

Members of council choose the Mayor Pro Tem from among the council once a year. Williams-Wright was first elected to the Beaumont City Council in May 2007.