Mayor Mike McDermott will be sworn into the House of Delegates for District 38-B on Jan. 12.
City officials say McDermott will remain mayor until then. At that point, Robert Hawkins, the First Vice-President of the City Council, will take on mayoral responsibilities, but not the official title. Hawkins will continue to serve as a councilman.
A new mayor will be elected in the city's scheduled elections in April of 2011.