COUNCIL MISSION: To deliver services to City residents, workers and visitors in an efficient, effective and equitable manner and to build a stronger community.
VALUES: Open Communication - Personal Responsibility - Integrity - Customer Focus
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.
City Council Meetings
As the chief legislative body of the municipal corporation, the City Council conducts regular meetings for the purpose of accomplishing City Charter-prescribed responsibilities and business transactions. City Council meetings are broadcast live on Lynchburg Government Channel LTV 15. Council meetings can also be viewed ONLINE.
- City Council has two regular meetings each month: the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays
- City Council Chamber, 1st Floor, City Hall, 900 Church Street
- 4:00 p.m. - Work Session items
- 7:30 p.m. - Public Hearings and other matters are heard
- The second regular meeting during the months of July, August and December are normally canceled each year by City Council.
- Rules of Procedure
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)
- 2022 Legislative Agenda - ADOPTED
- FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)