In Live Oak, the guard changes at City Hall pretty often.

Every year, as a matter of fact.

Mayors are elected by the City Council and serve a one-year term.

Wednesday night, it was time for outgoing Mayor Jason Banks to give up the gavel.

Banks passed it to one of the council's newest and youngest members. Vice Mayor Aleksandr Tica, a lifelong resident of the city who graduated from Live Oak High School, Butte College and Chico State University.

Tica, 26, is the son of immigrants - a fact he proudly stressed in remarks to a full house after being sworn in as mayor Wednesday night.

Tica's mother is from Mexico and his father is from the former Yugoslavia. His family operates Betty's Mexican restaurant in Live Oak.

Council member Diane Hodges, who has been on the council since 2006 and has served two terms as mayor herself, voted for Tica to make it a unanimous vote after expressing some reservations, mainly centered on his youth and inexperience.

She was later elected vice mayor.

"I'm going to hold him to do the very best that he can do," Hodges said. "If I see that he continues the path that we've had in the past, which we cannot have another year of, he will be on the hot seat."

Tica smiled somewhat awkwardly as Hodges made her comments before eventually voting "yes" on the motion to elect him mayor.

"Thank you to my fellow board members for helping me learn this past year," Tica said. "I've learned a lot."

Tica had to chair a meeting in Banks' absence almost immediately after taking his seat on the council last year.

"I guess that was like a test run," Tica said with a smile. "Now I have the opportunity to serve as mayor. I'm very thankful for this and the other opportunities to serve the community of Live Oak."

Tica dives right into a slate of contentious issues, including a possible hike in water and sewer rates and the imminent adotion of an ordinance to regulate the growth of marijuana in the city as it becomes legal Jan. 1 when Proposition 64 takes effect.

Banks, in his final remarks as mayor, said his year in the post was a "labor of love."

"I can't tell you what a wonderful experience it's been," Banks said. "It's a team effort. You can't do this alone."