Newcastle City Council selects Rich Crispo for mayor in 2012

January 5, 2012

By Christina Lords

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Newly elected Newcastle City Councilman Gordon Bisset (right) is sworn into office by Municipal Judge Wayne Stewart at the council’s meeting Jan. 3. Rich Crispo (center) was elected mayor at the meeting. By Christina Lords

NEW — 10:50 a.m. Jan. 5, 2011

As the Newcastle City Council looks to face its upcoming challenge in 2012, it will do so with new leaders at the helm.

Rich Crispo, who took office in 2010, was elected by the council at its first meeting of the year to serve as mayor for a two-year term.

“I understand what the job of mayor is all about,” he said. “I understand what the responsibilities are … You chair this meeting. You chair this meeting to facilitate the decisions made. You understand that there are seven people on this dais, each one of them bringing something valuable to the city and to the residents that we support.”

Lisa Jensen, who has been a councilwoman since 2008, was selected by her peers to serve as deputy mayor.

It’s the first time either of the councilmembers have served in their respective leadership role.

Newly elected City Councilman Gordon Bisset, who replaces longtime councilman Sonny Putter, nominated Crispo.

Former Deputy Mayor Steve Buri was also nominated for mayor by City Councilwoman Carol Simpson.

Jensen, Buri, Bisset and Simpson, who were elected for their respective positions in November, took the oath of office at the Jan. 3 meeting.

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