New Braunfels welcomes new mayor and council members

Former Mayor Barron Casteel (foreground right) stands in front of the dais and Mayor Rusty Brockman (background left) at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020.(Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Former Mayor Barron Casteel (foreground right) stands in front of the dais and Mayor Rusty Brockman (background left) at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020.(Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Former Mayor Barron Casteel (foreground right) stands in front of the dais and Mayor Rusty Brockman (background left) at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020.(Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Mayor Rusty Brockman is sworn in with his family standing alongside him at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
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District 5 council member Jason Hurta was sworn in at at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
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District 6 council member James Blakey is sworn in at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
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District 2 council member Justin Meadows was elected by City Council to be the new Mayor Pro Tem at Tuesday's council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
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City Manager Robert Camareno was recognized for his contributions to the city of New Braunfels during Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Former Mayor Pro Tem and District 5 council member Wayne Peters (left) stands with former Mayor Barron Casteel (right) at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Former City Council member Leah Garcia, District 5, was recognized for her service to the city at Tuesday's City Council meeting, May 26, 2020. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rusty Brockman was sworn in as mayor of New Braunfels on Tuesday, May 26, alongside new council members Jason Hurta, District 5, and James Blakey, District 6.

All three ran unopposed and were sworn in by Judge Charles Stephens in the City Council chamber at the beginning of the evening's council meeting.

Family members joined each elected individual in front of the council dais during their oaths.

District 2 council member Justin Meadows was then elected by the new council to be the new mayor pro tem, replacing Wayne Peters of District 5.

Outgoing mayor Barron Casteel and council members Peters and Leah Garcia, District 6, were the subjects of approved resolutions that recognized each for their service to the New Braunfels community.


A video made for Casteel featured colleagues and family members praising the former mayor for his service for the past six years.

City Manager Robert Camareno received a surprise award that recognized his accomplishments over the past seven years in his current role, which include maintaining a 30% budget reserve and his work on the 2013 and 2019 bond programs.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.