Recently, the Peoria City Council appointed Councilmember Bill Patena as Vice Mayor and Councilmember Vicki Hunt as Mayor Pro Tem for one-year terms. Previously, Councilmember Jon Edwards served as Vice Mayor and Councilmember Bill Patena served as Mayor Pro Tem.

The Vice Mayor performs the duties of the Mayor during her absence or disability. This is a succession position in the case of the Mayor’s permanent absence. The Mayor Pro Tem performs the duties of the Mayor during the absence of both the Mayor and the Vice Mayor.

“The appointment of these positions is critically important to ensure uninterrupted leadership and representation,” says Mayor Cathy Carlat. “I am grateful for the support that Councilmembers Edwards and Patena provided over the last year, and thankful that Vice Mayor Patena and Mayor Pro Tem Hunt will step into these important positions. As we begin 2022, council and I remain committed to cohesive leadership that enhances the safety and the long-term prosperity of our community.”

The appointment of both positions is pursuant to the Peoria City Charter, which states council shall designate one of its members as Vice Mayor and a separate member as Mayor Pro Tem. For more information about the Peoria City Council, visit