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    About City Council

    The council-manager form of government is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services. In Lynchburg, a seven (7) member Council and Mayor are elected for four (4) year terms. Four members are elected to represent wards and three members are elected at-large. Learn More.

    About the City Manager's Office

    Appointed by the City Council, the City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation. The duties of this office are prescribed by the Charter of the City of Lynchburg, and include: appointment of department directors; daily execution of contracts on behalf of the City Government; preparation of an annual budget; reporting to City Council concerning the financial condition of City; and all other duties as prescribed by law, ordinance or resolution of City Council.

    The City Manager’s Office for the City of Lynchburg exists to fulfill three major roles:

    (1) to support City Council in its decision-making role,
    (2) to serve and partner with the community, and
    (3) to work with the city organization to focus, set priorities, and build capacity.

    The general objectives and activities of the City Manager include: 

    • to study and propose alternative solutions to community needs or programs;
    • interpret City Council actions to City government departments, outside organizations and citizens; and
    • provide professional leadership in executing the adopted policies of City Council.

    L. Kimball Payne, III (“Kim”)
    Lynchburg City Manager

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    L. Kimball Payne III (“Kim”), became Lynchburg City Manager in February 2001.  He previously served as the County Administrator of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, from February 1987 to February 2001.  Prior to that he served as Assistant County Administrator in Spotsylvania from February 1984 to February 1987.

    Mr. Payne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and Master of Planning and Master of Arts in Public Administration degrees from the University of Virginia.  He has attended the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Payne is an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech in the Public Administration program.

    Mr. Payne is a retired Commander in the Naval Reserve.  He completed nearly eight years of active duty as a Naval Flight Officer with his last assignment as a Naval ROTC Instructor at the University of Virginia.  He is a member of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) and a Past President of the Virginia Local Government Manager’s Association (VLGMA).  Mr. Payne serves on boards of a number of regional agencies including the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce the Region 2000 Services Authority and the Region 2000 Local Government Council, Economic Development Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization.

    Kim and his wife Leslie have five children and four grandchildren.   

    Bonnie Svrcek
    Deputy City Manager

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    Bonnie Svrcek was appointed Deputy City Manager in June 1999. In this position, she oversees the City’s Office of the Assessor, Community Development, Communications and Marketing, Financial Services, Fleet Services, Libraries and Information Technology.

    Prior to her appointment, Ms. Svrcek served as the Assistant Town Manager in Blacksburg, Virginia, from 1990 to 1999. During her tenure with the Town of Blacksburg, Ms. Svrcek served as the Interim Director of Public Works for nine months and as Interim Director of Finance for nearly a year, and Interim Town Manager for four months. She served as President of the Montgomery County, Radford and Floyd United Way and the Montgomery County Rotary Club. She also served as a Budget Analyst in Fairfax County, Virginia, from 1985 to 1990. Prior to her position in Fairfax, she served as a Staff Assistant in Washington, D.C. for the City of Los Angeles. She received her B.S. in Housing and Applied Design from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Washington Public Affairs Center. She also attended the Senior Executive Institute in Charlottesville and in 2011 she attended the State and Local Government Excellence Executive Education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

    Ms. Svrcek was recognized in 1994 as the Outstanding Assistant Manager in Virginia by the VLGMA and was honored with the Athena Woman of Worth Award in September 2006 by the Greater Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.  She served as President of the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) in 2005.  She completed a term as a Southeast Region Vice President on the Executive Board of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) in 2009.  In June 2011, Ms. Svrcek was selected President-Elect of ICMA and began serving a three-year term as President-Elect (2011-2012), President (2012-2013) and Past President (2013-2014).


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