How is Lynchburg Governed?
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 7-member Council and Mayor are elected for 4-year terms. Four members are elected to represent wards and three members are elected at-large.
Stephanie ReedMayor (At-Large)
Chris FaraldiVice Mayor/Ward IV Councilmember
MaryJane DolanWard I Councilmember
Sterling A. WilderWard II Councilmember
Jeff S. HelgesonWard III Councilmember
Marty MisjunsCouncilmember At-Large
Larry TaylorCouncilmember At-Large
To deliver services to City residents, workers and visitors in an efficient, effective and equitable manner and to build a stronger community.
- Open Communication
- Personal Responsibility
- Customer Focus
City Council Elections
Through popular elections in November of even numbered years, Lynchburg citizens regularly choose the 7 members of City Council. With staggered 4-year terms of office, City Council is elected on either an At-large (3 members) or Ward (4 members) representational basis. The elected City Council members, in turn, choose by simple majority vote a President (Mayor) and Vice President (Vice Mayor), who each serve for 2 years in that capacity.
Other Responsibilities of City Council
- Appoint City Manager, City Attorney, and the City Clerk
- Any and all additions and amendments to the Lynchburg City Code
- Creation of council-appointed Boards and Commissions
- The Mayor assigns 3 council members to each the Physical Development Committee and the Finance Committee.
- Among other duties, the Mayor reviews requests for proclamations, letters of recognition, certificates and Keys to the City. (Proclamation Request Guidelines (PDF))
- 2024 Legislative Agenda - Adopted (PDF)
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (PDF)