How to Address an (Official) Pro Tem
In my city there is a controversy on how to address the mayor pro tem. A little background information:
—-#1) Our city elects a seven-member city council. Members are addressed as Councilman (Name) / Councilwoman (Name)
—-#2) The city council elects a mayor for a one-year term. He is addressed as Mr./Madam Mayor.
—-#3) The council choose a mayor pro tem who is assumed will become mayor in the following year and acts as the mayor in the mayor’s absence.
—-#4) Our question is – what do we call the mayor pro tem? Is it traditional for a mayor pro tem to be addressed as Mayor Pro Tem (Surname)?
—-—-—-—-– AH in California Use of Pro Tempore or Pro Tem
Dear A.H., Use of Pro Tempore or Pro Tem
When the mayor pro tem is acting as the mayor. Address him or her as – The Mayor – not addressed as Mayor Pro Tem (Name).
Since your councilman was elected in a general election, he or she is entitled to be the Honorable (Full Name)/
—-Envelope or address klock on an email:
—-—-The Honorable (full name)
—-—-Mayor Pro Tempore of (Jurisdiction)
—-Conversation & Salutation When He/She Is Acting As The Mayor:
—-—-Dear Mayor (Surname):
—-Conversation & Salutation When Not Acting As The Mayor:
——–Dear Councilman (Surname):
——–Dear Councilwoman (Surname):
Pro Tempore, meaning temporary or for the time being, describes a person who is acting in the absence of the current office holder. Examples include president pro tempore, judge pro tempore and mayor pro tempore. Often it is shortened to pro tem.
Holders of pro tempore appointments are addressed using the forms of address of the (office) during the performance of their temporary duties.
– Robert Hickey Use of Pro Tempore or Pro Tem