City Councilman Steve Martin was sworn in as West Hollywood's mayor and Councilman John Heilman was named mayor pro tem.
Lt. Gov. Gray Davis, a friend of Martin and longtime West Hollywood resident, administered the oath of office.
"It's an exciting time to be mayor of West Hollywood with our economy surging and with so many cutting-edge businesses opening their doors within our cities," said Martin, a family law attorney and long time gay rights activist.
Revenues from sales and hotel occupancy taxes will allow the city to pursue infrastructure improvement projects such as the renovation of Santa Monica Boulevard and the construction of a community center at Plummer Park during his tenure, he said.