Bristol Council Appoints Ralph DiGuiseppe III Mayor
Monday night Ralph DiGuiseppe III was appointed to be Bristol Borough’s Mayor to finish out former Mayor Joe Saxton’s remaining term.
DiGuiseppe III left the specter of elected public life when he resigned from the Bristol Borough School board in 2014 citing work responsibility issues and demands. He served as the board president for several years.
The son of Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe II was a surprise pick, some would say.
Borough officials said they received two additional resumes seeking to fill the open mayors seat.
He’s the perfect choice for Bristol as this time, owing to his professional experience as a real estate agent for the last 21 years, with the borough post pandemic becoming a place to be and live, DiGuiseppe II said.
He earned a Bachelors Degree from Saint Joseph’s University, majoring in finance in 1998 before running for office.
DiGuiseppe II, as per borough code, was temporarily appointed Mayor at last month’s council meeting. Borough code calls for a new mayor to be appointed within 30 days of the vacancy.
DiGuiseppe III, was sworn in by Bristol Borough District Judge Frank W. Peranteau Sr. surrounded by family
First and foremost I want to thank council for having the confidence in me to serve as Mayor of Bristol Borough. For the last 20 I’ve been coming up to this council chamber …it’s no secret I’ve supported every member on this council and our former mayor when they were up for election. I couldn’t be more humbled by them showing me their support over the last 20 years, DiGuiseppe III said.
“I couldn’t possibly except this position without paying my respect to former Mayor Joe Saxton. Joe epitomized what it meant to be the mayor. And no one was ever more proud to hold the position in this borough than , Joe. He represented this town with the utmost dignity and I can only hope my time spent in this position can mirror his service.”
DiGuiseppe III commented about the “transformation” of Bristol into a viable, safe place to live, and that Bristol is now the “place to be.”
“This is Bucks County’s hidden gem,” he said
This did not happen by accident. Its was the work and commitment to excellence by this council over the last 20 years that’s made this happen, he said
DiGuiseppe III said he looks forward to working with Bristol’s first responders too as one his main responsibilities as mayor is to oversee, the operations of fire and police departments.
“Mayor DiGuiseppe is a dedicated, passionate, and has a work ethic second to none. He shares the same vision as our police department. A safe town for our resident with a police department addressing quality of life issues throughout the Borough. Most of all a police department that is community oriented partiicapating in community events with our residents and bridging the gap between officers and children of the Borough,” said Chief of Police Joe Moors,.
DiGuiseppe III confirmed Monday night he will run for Mayor in 2024.
Bristol Borough Fire Chief Herb Slack is away on vacation and unavailable for comment.
Council members Gregg Pezza and Michael Gorman did not attend last nights meeting.