The Burns Board of Commissioners has begun the process of changing the town’s charter to establish a process for selecting a vice mayor. Shortly after Mayor Landon Mathis took office a year ago, controversy erupted when he selected Steven Hayes to continue serving as vice mayor. Mathis said since the town’s charter does not spell out a selection process, it should be the mayor’s choice. In the past, mayors have selected a vice mayor based on the commissioner who received the most votes in the election or the commissioner with the most years of service. At Monday night’s meeting, Commissioner Bill Allen said because of the “discrepancy” in the selection process, he believes language should be added to the charter to spell out how a vice mayor is chosen. Attorney Tim Potter said the position is not even addressed in the charter and making the change will require approval of a private act by the Tennessee General Assembly. The commission voted unanimously to approve Allen’s motion to draft a resolution to send to the legislature to change the Burns charter to include the position of vice mayor to be filled by “mayoral appointment.” Potter said the resolution will be presented to state Rep. Mary Littleton to introduce in the upcoming session of the General Assembly and once passed will have to be ratified by the commission again before taking effect. When Mathis nominated Hayes in January, Hayes had to second his own nomination and vote for himself when Chris Holland and Shot Grove voted in opposition, leaving Mathis to break the tie. In last November’s election, Holland received the most votes followed by Allen, Hayes and Grove. Hayes had served as vice mayor in the previous administrator of Mayor Jeff Bishop.