Eric Goettl was sworn in as the the newest member of the Maricopa City Council Tuesday during the body’s regular meeting. Maricopa Municipal Court Magistrate The Hon. Judge Lyle Riggs administered the oath of office.

Goettl’s swearing in was met with a standing ovation and personal congratulations from each councilmember. He was seated to the right Councilmember Bob Marsh as seating is typically based on seniority.

In his address to the public, Goettl said he has two years to now earn the trust of the community and that he will be available for people to reach out to him with concerns.

Nineteen people were considered to replace Nancy Smith on City Council after she was selected mayor to finish the term of former Mayor Christian Price.

A religious educator with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who works with high-school age youths in the community, Goettl is the principal at two Seminaries of Religion in Maricopa. He and his family have lived in Maricopa since 2004. He was a veterinary technician for more than 20 years prior to his current position.

He said he deeply appreciates the trust the council has placed in him.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have this opportunity to serve,” Goettl said. “We have loved our community since we moved here in 2004. Our current City Council has placed their trust in me. I plan to earn our community’s trust during these next two years.”

Goettl’s term runs through 2024.