Above: New Bega Valley Shire mayor Russell Fitzpatrick.
Bega Valley Shire has a new mayor.
Long-serving councillor Russell Fitzpatrick has taken over the helm from Sharon Tapscott, who has said she will be retiring soon to look after her husband, who is suffering from a degenerative disorder.
Ms Tapscott stepped into the position earlier this year when Kristy McBain resigned from the job to stand for federal parliament.
Mr Fitzpatrick says he will be focused on bushfire recovery and the financial health of the shire.
Councillor Liz Seckold is deputy mayor.