The El Centro City Council elected councilman Larry Grogan as mayor and councilman Jack Terrazas as mayor pro tem Tuesday night.
Councilwoman Cheryl Walker is outgoing mayor. Newly elected councilman Ray Castillo was sworn in as well.
Grogan said he would like to continue the successful programs emphasized by Walker, including an improvement in the city's quality of life and nuisance abatement.
"If you want a theme, it's ‘quality too,' " he said.
Grogan said the city needs to update its general plan to streamline the city's permitting process and do away with the need for conditional-use permits.
"There is no need for us to go through conditional-use permits for buildings that are basically in a commercial park," he said. "That delay of four, five or six months is killing our contractors. … We need to update the whole city plan with the idea that things are going to be a whole lot different in the next 10 years."