Longwell District 5 Council member Jeff Longwell was sworn in as Wichita’s new vice mayor this morning. He replaces out-going Vice Mayor Jim Skelton, who completed his one-year term.
The position is largely ceremonial. Vice mayors lead council meetings, sign city documents and make public appearances when the mayor can’t. The position is also seen as an important consensus building job, and it usually requires more work than a council member position.