Ted Schaffer was the only Langley City councillor to put his name forward for acting mayor and assumed the job effective July 31.
Schaffer plans on holding the rudder steady as acting mayor until the next municipal election in autumn 2014.
"I don't think it's right at this time to make any major changes," he said.
Schaffer said he's been on council under mayor such as Joe Lopushinsky, Marlene Grinnell and Peter Fassbender so he knows he has big shoes to fill but also had some good role models.
He's lived in Langley for 33 years and wouldn't get involved in public office unless he loved his community.
Before putting his name forward, he discussed the issues with his wife because of the added commitment of being a full-time mayor.
"It's going to be time consuming," he acknowledged.
Schaffer doesn't plan on introducing anything revolutionary, simply carrying on the work of recent years.
"I would like to see the City stay on the course with the Downtown Master Plan," he said.
Schaffer will do his councillor committee work and the mayoral committee work for the short term so he can assess how best to handle the workload and see if any positions
get shifted around among council members.
Despite Schaffer being the only one to step forward for the job, council still held a vote. Schaffer's name was the only one on the ballot and councillors could select him or not vote.
After the vote, council passed a resolution to appoint Schaffer acting mayor, a requirement of the procedure council had adopted.
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