Office of the Mayor
New Bethlehem Borough

210 Lafayette Street
New Bethlehem, PA. 16242
Phone: (814) 275-2003
Fax: (814) 275-4269
[email protected]

Mayor of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania

Gordon V. Barrows - Mayor of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania

Gordon V. Barrows, DBA, MBA
Mayor of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania

Mayor of New Bethlehem Borough:

The Mayor of New Bethlehem Borough is the highest-ranking elected official in the municipal government of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

Mayor: Gordon V. Barrows

The official duties of the Mayor include:

  • Administering oaths and affirmations
  • Presiding over mandatory reorganization meetings
  • Voting to break tie votes on council
  • Taking part in council discussions
  • Declaring an emergency and regulating certain actions during that time
  • Administering to the police department
  • Informing council of fees charged and collected for performing marriage ceremonies
  • Attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies
  • Representing the borough at public events
  • Speaking at school functions
  • Being involved in community projects and organizations

Official duties administering the Police Department include:

  • Enforcing ordinances and regulations
  • Generate a monthly report for Council’s review
  • Promote effective communication and collaboration
  • Establish annual goals and budgetary plan-of-action
  • Support recruitment and retention efforts
  • Improve operations and long-term sustainability

You may contact the Office of the Mayor with any questions, suggestions or feedback by calling 814.275.2003 or via email: [email protected]

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Gordon V. Barrows became the mayor of New Bethlehem Borough in 2019. The Mayor of New Bethlehem Borough is the highest-ranking elected official in the municipal government of New Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Head of Town government.

As Executive Officer of the Town, the Mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Town.

The Mayor represents the Town in intergovernmental relationships.

The Mayor presents an annual State of the Community message.

The Mayor annually submits a proposed budget and capital plan to the Town Council.

The Mayor is recognized as the head of Town government for all ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law.

The Mayor serves a four-year term. If appointed, they serve until the next election. The Mayor is elected on a nonpartisan, at-large basis.

The Mayor chairs the Town Council meetings and votes on issues before the Council only to break a tie vote.

The Mayor has power to veto Council legislation.  Vetoed ordinances and resolutions can be overridden by the Council by an affirmative majority vote.

The Mayor has line-item veto power over most appropriation items in the budget or any ordinance or resolution.

Contact the Richard McGarrity at 814.275.2003 or [email protected]

The Mayor’s Office is located inside ‘The Jewelry Shop’ on Broad Street in New Bethlehem PA.

Postal mail can be sent to 210 Lafayette St. New Bethlehem PA 16242

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