Area municipal governments have a new look following May elections. Gina Maxwell was voted Mayor of Newcastle on May 10 and sworn into office May 13, replacing Steve Sosinski who held the position since 2010.

Newcastle’s next city council meeting will be June 9, as they take place the second Monday of each month. Maxwell said the she has four goals she wishes to spearhead as mayor of Newcastle.

“I would like to continue the cleanup efforts, hopefully make some improvements to our park,” she said. “Animal control has been a big issue here in Newcastle, I want to continue the efforts on that and get the city to making money.”

Maxwell said she plans to increase city revenue by not taking a salary, a contentious issue surrounding the May 10 election. She also plans to scrutinize the city’s budget in other ways.

“I will not be accepting pay as mayor, so that alone will help some, and then just cutting cost where we can,” she said. “So, go over the budget and see what we can cut there and just any way possible.”

Also highlighting changes in local government, two new city council members and the town’s next mayor will be sworn in at Graham’s Thursday morning city council meeting. City Councilman Jack Graham will replace Barry White as mayor. White held the position for the last four years after serving six as a councilman.

Taking the vacancy on city council created by Graham’s promotion is financial advisor Darby Brockway.

“I’ve been in the community for a little over 10 years,” he said. “I feel like it’s very important to give back and to serve. In certain areas you can help and in areas you can make a difference. I just saw this as an opportunity to serve my community.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.