The La Canada Flintridge's City Council elected Councilman O. Warren Hillgren to his fifth term as mayor Monday night by a 3-2 vote.
First-term members Chris Valente and Ed Phelps voted no. They sought to install Phelps instead.
Outgoing Mayor Joan Feehan said Valente and Phelps should be patient and that their time to serve in the largely ceremonial post would come.
The mayor pro tem, Ed Krause, was first nominated for mayor by Valente, who said, "I was under the impression that the system was set up so that the mayor pro tem was next in line for mayor."
But Krause said he could do more for the city as an ordinary member of the council and nominated Hillgren.
Valente then nominated Phelps, saying that the other council members had already served as mayor and that La Canada residents were ready for a change.