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Brooksville council selects Burnett as second African-American mayor

BROOKSVILLE — The City Council selected Frankie Burnett as mayor Monday night, marking the second time in Brooksville history that an African-American has held the largely ceremonial position.

Luther Cason was the city's first black mayor in the early 1990s.

Burnett was chosen unanimously. He was first elected to the council in 2004 and served one term until he was defeated in the 2008 election by Joe Johnston III. In February, he was appointed to fill the remainder of former council member David Pugh's term. He ran unopposed for the seat this year. Prior to serving on the council, Burnett served as president of the Hernando County chapter of the NAACP.

Johnston will serve as vice mayor.

In addition, the council welcomed newcomer Emory Pierce to its ranks Monday. Pierce served as the city's public works director before being terminated by City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha. He ran for the council seat unopposed.

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