Councillors, honorary aldermen and distinguished guests gathered as outgoing mayor, Charles James, handed over his duties to Mr Smytherman.
Mr Smytherman said it felt “amazing” to become mayor.
He said: “It’s wonderful, absolutely amazing. I want to put Worthing on the map.”
Deputy mayor will be cllr Vic Walker, and the mayoress duties will be performed by cllr Norah Fisher.
Youth mayor for the next year will be Brogan Kirkby-Bott, while her deputy will be Jenny Hirst.
For the full story, see next week’s Worthing Herald, out Thursday, May 23.