Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will serve as president-elect of the Maryland Municipal League, a statewide organization that represents and advocates at the state level on behalf of Maryland’s 157 towns and cities.
Newton was elected to the position at MML’s annual summer conference, held June 25-28 in Ocean City.
“I’m humbled to represent municipalities across our great state,” Newton said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the City of Rockville to champion local government in Maryland.”
The yearlong stint as president-elect precedes Newton’s term as the organization’s president, which begins in June 2018. The president-elect sits on the league’s five-member executive committee. In the absence of the president, the president-elect presides over meetings of the MML board and the executive committee.
Newton will be the sixth president from Rockville to head the organization since its founding in 1936. The last MML president from Rockville, Councilmember John Tyner II, served from 1983-84.
Newton was elected to the MML Board of Directors in 2012 and named chair of the organization’s legislative committee after a year as vice chair. MML is governed by a 31-member board of directors comprised of elected and appointed officials from throughout the state. Newton served as president of the Montgomery Chapter of MML from November 2012 through June 2015.
Newton was elected as a Rockville councilmember in 2009 and as mayor in 2013. As mayor, Newton serves as the council liaison to the Recreation and Park Advisory Board, Rockville Economic Development, Inc. and Rockville Seniors, Inc. Newton is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Board of Directors. In December, she was unanimously elected chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.
For more on the Maryland Municipal League, visit www.mdmunicipal.org.