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Jeff Longwell is the new vice mayor

LongwellLast year, Wichita City Council members used a secret ballot to elect Jim Skelton as vice mayor in a 4-3 vote and violated the open meetings act.

Not the case this year. Mayor Carl Brewer asked the city clerk to read their ballots out loud and say who voted for who. Everyone picked Jeff Longwell, who is the most senior council member who has not yet been vice mayor.

Vice mayor is a mostly ceremonial position in Wichita. The vice mayor leads meetings when the mayor is gone and often stands in for the mayor at ribbon cuttings and other public events.