BELDING — Belding City Council member Brad Miller was elected as the city’s new mayor by his peers on Tuesday night.

The position was left vacant by former Mayor Ron Gunderson, who decided to not run for another team on the council in the Nov. 6 election.

“It comes with a lot of responsibility,” said Miller, who has been a member of the city council since 2016. “I thank everybody for the vote of confidence. To become a steward of the community is greatly appreciated.

“It isn’t one of those lifelong goals, like where you grow up wanting to be in politics. For me it’s about commitment to the community, and that’s my biggest thing. Out of all the places you could live, this is where I choose, and my goal is to make it better.”

In Belding, the mayor is the head of the city council and the ceremonial leader of the city, chosen by a vote of council members.

At Tuesday’s meeting, council member Douglas Feehan nominated Miller for the position, supported by council member Mike Scheid.

Miller in turn nominated Bruce Meyers for mayor, and was supported by new council member Jorel Davis.

The members then voted on Miller’s nomination. Feehan and Scheid each voted yes while Davis and Meyers voted no. Miller then cast the deciding vote in favor of his election.

Meyers was then elected Mayor Pro Tem by a 4-1 decision. Scheid was also nominated for the position, which he previously held. Feehan was the lone dissenting vote.

“It’s a little clunky at first sitting in this chair,” Miller said about taking Gunderson’s head spot at the council table. “I have some big shoes to fill.”

Prior to the selection of mayor, the three elected candidates from the Nov. 6 election were sworn into their council positions. Incumbents Scheid and Feehan and newcomer Davis were the top three vote-getters in the election, with Davis filling Gunderson’s vacated seat.

“I was nervous,” Davis said following his first meeting. “My goal is for people to be excited and proud to be living in Belding. Whatever I need to do to make that happen is why I’m here.”

Davis, 33, has lived in Belding for nearly nine years and currently works at Kool Toyota in Grand Rapids. He, along with Meyers and other community members, worked to start the Belding Area Community Foundation Fund and is on the steering committee for the fund.