The Pensacola City Council has a new president, with council members voting Tuesday to turn the gavel over to two-term councilman Brian Spencer.

Spencer won out over Councilman Gerald Wingate, who was sworn in for his second term Tuesday. Three other council members — Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Andy Terhaar, and P.C. Wu, each of whom has previously served as council president — were also nominated but removed their names from consideration.

The vote came at the second of two reorganizational meetings held Tuesday, the first of which saw the departure of at-large city councilman Charles Bare, whose seat was eliminated by city voters in a 2013 referendum. An eight-member council for the last two years, Pensacola’s city council is now down to seven members, with only four instead of five votes needed to move legislation.

Spencer, who was elected to the city council in 2010, has served for the past year as the council’s vice-president. As president, Spencer will be tasked with presiding over city council meetings and setting the council’s monthly agenda.

Wingate was instead selected as the council’s vice president.


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