Tucson native Jonathan Rothschild was sworn in as mayor Monday, marking an end to Bob Walkup's 12-year term in the office. Rothschild took the gavel at Monday’s City Council meeting.

At the meeting, council members said goodbye to Walkup, and he did the same with them.

Then the city shifted into the next political phase, and Rothschild presided over his first council meeting.

“I’ve worked very closely with this council the last year," Rothschild says. "They’ve given a lot of their time to me so that I could be ready for the job. I know them each individually. I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Rothschild, a Democrat, was elected at the same time as three council Democrats retained their seats. Regina Romero and Shirley Scott each started another four-year term, and Paul Cunningham started his first elected term after having been appointed to a council vacancy in early 2010.