CALIPATRIA — Fred Beltran was chosen as the city's new mayor here Tuesday night.
Royal Sage was chosen as the city's mayor pro tem.
Beltran was nominated by Sage after Robert Nakadaira nominated Thelma Baker.
Baker's nomination was not seconded, so it was not voted upon. Outgoing Mayor Leonard Vasquez seconded Beltran's nomination.
The council voted unanimously to appoint Beltran as mayor. Beltran will serve one year in the position.
"I was ecstatic," said Beltran of being named mayor.
"I was surprised when they nominated me. We have a pretty good council and I hope we can all work together to help the city," said Beltran, who also is the police chief in Westmorland.
Sage said, "I think he has a good head on his shoulders."
Sage said of being named mayor pro tem, "It's a pretty good honor and I'm looking forward to seeing the city move forward."