EASTON, Pa. -

Peg Ferraro and Glenn Geissinger are new president and vice president respectively of Northampton County Council as of Monday.

The two were elected to their posts at the council's annual organizational meeting.

Ferraro, a retired teacher with Nazareth Area School District with deep roots in the Republican party, said her father, a former member of the Nazareth School Board, taught her the value of public service.

"As we begin our journey may we always remember there are two sides of local government ... cities, boroughs, townships where zoning, planning, roads, infrastructure are the responsibility."

"However, we, as elected county officials, are the people side of local government where compassion and not always the bottom line, must be foremost in our decision making," Ferraro said in a brief speech after her election.

Glenn Geissinger, a newly elected councilman, was voted vice president of council.

Geissinger, a Plainfield Township resident who owns an advertising firm, is a Whitehall Township native. Geissinger served as a captain in the Army before moving back to the Lehigh Valley in the 1990s.

Electing the new top officers was the only action council took.

Its first regular business meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9.