The mayor pro tem serves in the mayor’s absence and receives additional compensation for the part-time duties. It is a two-year appointment.
Commissioner Joe Jackson nominated Johnson for the post, as he had announced earlier, then motioned to close the nominations.
Commissioner Marion Williams questioned whether nominations could be closed and nominated Jackson instead for the post.
“If we’re just going to nominate one, there’s no reason to vote,” Williams said.
General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie, who serves as parliamentarian, said the commission rules require each nominee to be voted on individually.
“If the seat is not filled, then another motion can be made,” MacKenzie said.
The group has four new members, including Williams, who previously served two terms as District 2 commissioner. It also saw the return Wednesday of Bill Lockett, who won a second term unopposed.
In a roll call vote, all voted “yes” to Johnson’s appointment except Williams, who answered “present.” Approval required six commission votes.
“Thanks to my colleagues for the vote of confidence,” Johnson said about the nine commissioners who voted for him. “When your heart is in the right place, all good things will happen to you.”
The commission also ratified committee appointments selected by Johnson and Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Under the two-year appointments, Jackson will chair the city’s engineering services committee; Grady Smith will head public services; Lockett will lead administrative services; Wayne Guilfoyle will chair the finance committee and Alvin Mason will head Augusta’s public safety committee.