Councilwoman Evelyn Wells has become mayor of Lynwood by default.
"I'm mayor now. It might be for a day or two weeks, but right now I'm the mayor," said Wells, who was elected to the City Council in 1985.
The council, scheduled to undergo its annual reorganization, failed to do so Tuesday when the four members present deadlocked on the issue. The fifth member was absent due to emphysema and pneumonia.
On a split vote, the council, deadlocked over deferring the matter until Councilman John Byork returns.
Mayor Robert Henning, who had been mayor for a year, then resigned and turned over his duties to Wells, who was serving as mayor pro tem.