Columbia City Council voted Tuesday night to hire assistant city manager Teresa Wilson as city manager at a salary of $190,000 a year, along with a car.
The 38-year-old Wilsons hiring was approved in a 4-2 vote.
Earlier, two members had said Wilson, who had never been a city manager elsewhere, lacked the experience to be manager of the states capital city.
Columbia has 2,200 employees and a total budget this year of more than $200 million.
Council members Moe Baddourah and Leona Plaugh herself a former city manager provided the no votes.
Baddourah said he could not support the contract because Wilson was going to get a salary substantially higher that that of the far more experienced current city manager Steve Gantt, who makes $175,000 a year.
Council also formally voted to conclude the contract of current city manager Gantt.
It's a sad day but it's a happy day for him, Plaugh said of Gantts retirement.
Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine was not present.