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Gainesville picks new mayor, mayor pro tem
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Same council, different mayor.

The Gainesville City Council appointed a new mayor and a new mayor pro tem Wednesday.

Myrtle Figueras began her second term as Gainesville’s mayor and Ruth Bruner her first as Gainesville’s mayor pro tem.

The council usually rotates the two positions by ward.

Figueras and Bruner, along with fellow incumbent Councilman Robert "Bob" Hamrick, were also sworn in as council members for another four years.

The three council members ran unopposed for re-election in November. Their new terms began Wednesday.

Figueras has previously served as Gainesville mayor in 2001-2002. As mayor, Figueras will chair the City Council meetings for the next two years and represent the city as mayor on all ceremonial occasions, according to the city code.

As the mayor pro tem, Bruner, who began her second term on the council Wednesday, will act as mayor in Figueras’ absence.

Prior to her position on the Gainesville City Council, Bruner was a member of the Gainesville Board of Education for nearly 10 years.

Gainesville code requires that the City Council’s first meeting of the year following an election be an organizational meeting, where members are sworn in and a new mayor and mayor pro tem are selected.