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Michelle Kaufusi is getting an early start as Provo's first woman mayor following the resignation of John Curtis, who won election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

PROVO — Michelle Kaufusi is getting an early start as Provo's first woman mayor.

The Provo City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint her acting mayor, effective immediately.

Kaufusi, elected in November as Provo's next executive, begins her term three weeks early. She succeeds John Curtis, who resigned when he won Jason Chaffetz's 3rd District congressional seat last month.

Kaufusi, 51, said she was looking forward to her first day on the job.

"I appreciate your support and trust and belief in me," Kaufusi told the council moments ahead of the vote.

About 100 people in Provo City Hall stood and applauded after Kaufusi was sworn in with her husband at her side.

Council members praised her as a hard worker and said they trusted her.

"I know she'll do a good job. We're all behind her," said Chairman David Sewell.

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Still, Kaufusi hinted that she had jitters on the eve of her first day.

"I shouldn't be nervous, because I signed up for this," she said. "I worked really hard for a year-plus to get to this point."

The job of acting mayor was opened to other applicants, but Kaufusi was the only one to apply.

A formal inauguration is set for January, when her full term begins.

"We'll call her Mayor Mayor," said council member George Stewart, referencing her double stints as city executive.