Joan Foster returns to position of Lynchburg mayor

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Lynchburg's new mayor is a longtime servant with previous experience in the city's top job.

Joan Foster and Treney Tweedy

At an organizational meeting Friday morning, members of Lynchburg City Council selected Joan Foster to serve as mayor.

Foster takes over for Mike Gillette, who left city council Thursday after 12 years, including four years as mayor.

Foster previously served as mayor of Lynchburg between 2006 and 2012. At the close of Thursday's meeting, Foster said she will treat the position as "a precious gift" that has been given to her again. She has served on city council since 2002.

Treney Tweedy was selected to serve as vice mayor. She replaces outgoing vice mayor Ceasor Johnson, who also left city council on Thursday. Tweedy has served on city council since 2014.