SWAN Hill has a new mayor, with former deputy mayor Ann Young taking on the top civic job.
In a surprise twist, councillors also passed a motion choosing not to elect a deputy mayor.
Swan Hill Rural City councillors voted unanimously to elect Cr Young tonight, with outgoing mayor Les McPhee choosing not to re-contest the position.
Cr Young thanked her colleagues for the vote of confidence, telling those in attendance the Swan Hill region had a "bright future" ahead of it.
"Thank you for nominating me to the position, it has been a difficult year but you had faith in me to do the job," she said.
"We have a united council that works well together."
Cr Young said Cr McPhee would be a "hard act to follow", but she hoped she could "come up to the same standard".
Following the mayoral election Cr McPhee moved council not have a deputy mayor, affording all councillors the equal opportunity to chair meetings and speak at community events.
The motion was opposed by councillors Gary Norton and Chris Jeffery, but carried with all others in favour.
"Just because we have always done something doesn't mean we should always do something," Cr McPhee said in response to councillor's objections to the motion.
More in Friday's The Guardian.