John Escoto, former Shenandoah City Council member, was sworn in as the city’s newest mayor during a May 25 meeting.

Escoto was elected during the May 7 election with 345 votes, a total of 57.3% of those cast during the election.

Escoto extended his thanks to Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough for officiating his swearing in.

“I promise I will work hard with my head, heart and body to ensure Shenandoah is a safe and prosperous place to call home,” Escoto said.

City Council also voted to reappoint Council Member Charlie Bradt as the city’s mayor pro tem, who will act as mayor if Escoto is unable to attend a meeting.

Escoto takes over the role from Ritch Wheeler, who served as Shenandoah’s mayor for six years.