Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton
The City of Rockville is the third largest city in Maryland and the county seat for Montgomery County. Serving as Mayor since 2013, Bridget Donnell Newton is a 38-year resident of the city and calls Rockville “a small town in a big city.”
Newton currently serves as the council liaison to the Recreation and Park Advisory Board and Rockville Seniors, Inc., and sits on the board of directors for the Maryland Municipal League, Rockville Economic Development, Inc., the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and the National Capital Regional Transportation Planning Board.
In December 2017, Newton was elected to a one-year term as the chair of TPB. In June 2018, she was unanimously elected president of MML, the statewide organization advocating on behalf of Maryland’s 157 cities and towns. She is the sixth president from the City of Rockville to lead the organization since its founding in 1936.
In her four years as a councilmember, Newton served as council liaison to the Rockville Planning Commission, Rockville Housing Enterprises, Inc., the Senior Commission, the Recreation and Park Advisory Board, the Communications Task Force, the Rockville Youth Commission and the Landlord-Tenant Affairs Commission. She was elected president of the Montgomery Chapter of MML in 2012 and served until 2015.
Before her election to the council in 2009, Newton held many volunteer positions in the community, including president of the Beall Elementary School PTA, chair of the city’s Compensation Commission, chair of the Town Center Action Team, and president of the West End Citizen’s Association.
Newton holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in history and politics and government. She is a graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Governance, a collaborative effort of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research, the Maryland Association of Counties and MML.
Newton and her husband, Fred, are active members of Potomac Presbyterian Church. They live in the West End.