Tom O'Malley is appointed mayor by Atascadero City Council

Tom O’Malley is the new mayor of Atascadero.

The Atascadero City Council appointed him Tuesday night, after discussing the traits they sought in a mayor — someone who is trustworthy and puts what is best for the city before his or her own politics.

O’Malley was previously the city’s mayor pro tem — someone appointed to lead the five-member council in absence of a mayor. Bob Kelley is the new mayor pro tem.

Outgoing Mayor Roberta Fonzi congratulated the new appointees at a public ceremony before Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Atascadero is the only city of the county’s seven where the council appoints a council member to serve a one-year term. But that will soon change.

In November, voters approved a measure that will allow them to elect their mayor to a two-year term starting with the 2012 election.

Next year, O’Malley will lead council members Fonzi, Kelley, Brian Sturtevant and Jerry Clay.