City Council

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.


  1. Stephanie Reed

    Stephanie Reed

    Mayor (At-Large)

  1. Chris Faraldi

    Chris Faraldi

    Vice Mayor/Ward IV Councilmember

  1. MaryJane Dolan

    MaryJane Dolan

    Ward I Councilmember

  1. Sterling Wilder

    Sterling A. Wilder

    Ward II Councilmember

  1. Jeff Helgeson

    Jeff S. Helgeson

    Ward III Councilmember

  1. Marty Misjuns

    Marty Misjuns

    Councilmember At-Large

  1. Larry Taylor

    Larry Taylor

    Councilmember At-Large

Council Mission

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
  • Integrity
  • 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