In a move a few outside observers may have missed because of the similarity of the names, Urmas Klaas replaced Urmas Kruuse on Tuesday as mayor of the second-largest city.
Klaas, who like his predecessor Kruuse, is from the Reform Party, took the post after Kruuse became Minister of Health and Labor in the national government.
The vote for Klaas was 30-3, with seven councilmen absent or not voting.
The mayor's salary will be the same - 3,300 euros plus 400 euros extra to cover the official car.
Klaas served previously as Parliamentary Cultural Affairs Committee chairman.