By Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2020

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - The northern New Mexico city of Las Vegas has officially sworn in a new mayor whose predecessor resigned amid bribery charges.

The Las Vegas Optic reports Louie Trujillo took the oath of office Wednesday during a special ceremony that was live-streamed to the public.

The ceremony was limited to five people due to order restrictions over the spread of COVID-19.

The new mayor assured Las Vegas residents he was ready to help in the fight against the virus.

Trujillo was elected during the March municipal election, when he received 57.4% of the votes.

He replaces Tonita Gurule-Giron, who resigned in January two weeks after she was indicted on charges of bribery and accepting kickbacks.

Gurule-Giron was charged in December with six felonies related to abuse of power, bid-rigging, and offering and receiving bribes, prosecutors said. She has pleaded not guilty.

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