Prior to the vote at the regular meeting on May 27, Pierce was asked whether she would accept the position.
"I didn't seek the position. I was asked whether I would be willing to do it. I said I would if it was the council's wish," Pierce said.
Pierce is a business woman and former deputy city clerk. She replaces Dennis Henrich, who resigned on May 8. Henrich was serving his second term which would have been completed at the end of 2009.
Pierce will serve until after the regular election for mayor in November of 2009 unless a special election is called before that time. She had been proposed for the position of mayor at the May 13 city council meeting by the city manager search committee. John Cook, representing the committee that is seeking a person to fill the city manager vacancy, said at the May 13 council meeting it was the view of the committee that leaving the mayor position unfilled over a period of time would not project the best image of the city. He added that a positive image is particularly important for the city while trying to attract prospective city manager candidates.
The council was unable to make an appointment at the May 13 meeting because the council has a legal requirement to publish a notice of intent to appoint a mayor before the appointment can be made.
Pam Pierce and her husband, Mark, own Builders Sharpening and Service. She was an unsuccessful candidate for city council representative from ward 3 in 2007.
Pierce was sworn in at the meeting this week and took over as chairman of the meeting from Bob Leach, the council member who served as mayor pro tem.
Council members thanked Pierce for her willingness to assume the mayor position. Leach was thanked by his fellow council members for his service as mayor pro tem.