Pradeep Gupta was sworn in as the new mayor of South San Francisco, Calif., at the City's Council Reorganization Event. The Indian-American had been serving as the vice mayor of South San Francisco, a role undertaken by Liza Normandy now.
"It is my honour to step up and continue the work that former Mayor Mark Addiego has started," said Gupta in a statement.
"We have a great group of people on our council, many who have served the city for years. I'm eager to lead this council and our city during such exciting times," he added.
Gupta was appointed to the South San Francisco City Council for a one-year term on December 31, 2012, and was subsequently elected in November 2013 to a full four-year term.
Prior to his appointment to the City Council, he was on the South San Francisco Planning Commission for three years, serving as the Commission's Chair in 2011.
Pradeep Gupta earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from IIT Madras before earning a master's and doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University, Indiana, the United States.
He specialised in the area of energy efficiency and long-term planning of electric utility systems during his further education years.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he has served for electric utility companies both domestic and abroad throughout his more than 30-year career.
Liza Normandy, new vice mayor of South San Francisco was elected to the City Council in November 2013. She previously served on the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees as Board President from 2008 to 2010.
Normandy was the first Asian-American elected to the School Board, is the second Asian-American elected to the City Council, and only the third woman to serve on the South San Francisco City Council.