Breaking with tradition, the Sacramento City Council on Thursday night voted council member Angelique Ashby as vice major for a second straight year.
The nomination came at the request of Mayor Kevin Johnson, who lauded Ashby for her work in 2012 as vice mayor, notably serving as de facto mayor when Johnson was traveling and missed council meetings.
"I think you've done a great job of stepping in when I've been out of town," Johnson told Ashby while nominating her at Thursday's council meeting.
Johnson has said he plans to be out of town even more frequently this year, promoting the city at national events.
Expressing surprise, Councilman Steve Cohn objected to the nomination, saying he'd prefer the city stick with its tradition of rotating the vice mayoral post to a new member each year.
The vote for Ashby was 7-1, with Cohn casting the sole no vote. Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell abstained without comment.