Following several tied votes during its May 13 meeting, the Brentwood City Commission elected Rhea Little to serve as mayor in a 4-3 vote.
While commissioners are voted on at large by registered voters, the mayor and vice mayor roles are appointed by the commissioners to serve for two-year terms. Three commissioners—Regina Smithson, Mark Gorman and Little—had submitted their names for consideration for mayor following the May 7 local elections. However, after seven rounds of voting among the commissioners, none were able to secure a four-vote majority. Commissioners voted to table the vote until the June 10 meeting.
Smithson—who has served as mayor twice previously—announced during the June 10 meeting she would withdraw her name from consideration, leaving only Little and Gorman. After one round of voting, Little won the majority 4-3.
“I want to thank the commissioners for giving me this honor and the good Lord above for calling me to serve, and mostly for the citizens who are so wonderful in this city and are so dedicated to keeping this city the great city it is,” Little said during the meeting.
Little was first elected to the City Commission in 2009 and will serve until the next local election in May 2021.