List of City Councilors

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1888 to 1900 (Common Council, four wards)

City population in 1900: 6,449

City charter: 1888 Charter / Form of government: mayor-common council

Charlottesville incorporated as a city in 1888. The first city charter provided for a biennially elected mayor and a twelve-member board of aldermen (three alderman were elected from each of the four wards). The City of Charlottesville was governed by this common council from 1888 to 1900, when a new city charter was put into effect. The President of the Council functioned as Mayor when the Mayor was absent from a Council meeting.

1900 to 1922 (Bicameral Council, four wards)

City population in 1900: 6,449 / City population in 1910: 6,765 / City population in 1920: 10,688 (58.0% growth from 1910)

City charter: 1899/1900 Charter / Form of government: week-mayor council. Duties of an executive or administrative character were performed by several council committees under ordinances.
The Virginia Constitution of 1902 (Art. VIII, Sec. 121) provided that cities should operate under mayor-council government. Councils were to be elected by ward, and cities with more than 10,000 people were required to have bicameral councils.

The city was governed by a mayor elected at-large (elected from the electors in all the four wards) and a 12-member bicameral council (each ward elected one member to the city board of aldermen and two members to the common council). Duties of an executive or administrative character were performed by several councilor headed committees under ordinances. The Mayor did not vote except in case of a tie vote of the members of the Council present at the meeting. The Mayor played a central role in selecting committee chairs and members. The President of the Council functioned as Mayor when the Mayor was absent from a Council meeting.

School Board: 4-member school board; one board member was appointed by the council from each of the city's four wards, while the mayor served as the board president.

1913 Municipal Business Manager

In September 1913, the City form of government was modified wherein the mayor became the city's Business Manager. A Municipal Business Manager was provided for Charlottesville by ordinance. All duties of an executive or administrative character, which had previously been performed by several councilor headed committees under ordinances, which were in force before the creation of the new office; were then required to be discharged exclusively by Municipal Business Manager, the committees acting in an advisory capacity. [1]

1922 to 1928 (Commissioners, at-large)

City charter: 1922 Charter / Form of government: modified commission

Charlottesville's charter was modified by an act of the Legislature, and on September 1, 1922, the city was taken over by the Commissioner-Manager form of government. The voters choose three commissioners at-large, one of whom was selected by the Commission to served as mayor. The Commissioners employed a Business Manager, who served in an executive capacity.

Council membership in those years was as follows:

1922-1924

Election: June 13, 1922 / Term: September 1, 1922 to August 31, 1924

1924-1926

Election: June 1924 / Term: September 1, 1924 to August 31, 1926

1926-1928

Election: June 1926 / Term: September 1, 1926 to August 31, 1928

1928-1946 (Commission-Business Manager, at-large)

City population in 1930: 15,245 / City population in 1940: 19,400

City charter: 1922 Charter / Form of government: Commission

From September 1, 1928 to August 31, 1946, the council was composed of five commissioners elected at large.

1946 to present (Council-Manager, at-large)

City population in 1950: 25,969 / City population in 1960: 29,427 / City population in 1970: 38,880 / City population in 1980: 39,916 / City population in 1990: 40,341 / City population in 2000: 40,099 / City population in 2010: 43,475

City charter: 1946 Charter / Form of government: Council-Manager

From September 1, 1946 to present, the council has been composed of five councilors one of whom served as mayor. The commissioners employed a manager, who served in an executive capacity. City Council elections until 1970 were held in June of even-numbered years and regular terms began on September 1. From 1972 until 2006, City Council elections were held in May of even-numbered years and terms began on July 1. Since 2007, City Council elections have been held in November of odd-numbered years and the new term begins on January 1 following the last election.

Year Seat
1 2 3 4 5
1928 Fred L. Watson Jury Y. Brown E. A. Joachim John R. Morris Fred W. Twyman
1929
1930 W. Dan Haden
1931
1932 Shelton S. Fife George T. Huff Samuel A. Jessup
1933
1934
1935
1936 J. Emmett Gleason
1937
1938
1939 F. Bradley Peyton Jr
1940 Charles P. Nash Jr
1941
1942 Roscoe S. Adams Sam A. Morris
1943 Fred L. Watson
1944 William S. Hildreth
1945 Charles P. Nash Jr
1946 Gus K. Tebell
1947
1948 Strother F. Hamm Henry A. Haden James M. Barr III
1949
1950 William R. Hill
1951
1952 R. M. Davis S. Dexter Forbes Sol B. Weinberg
1953
1954 Thomas J. Michie
1955
1956 A. Clayton Coleman
1957 Louis L. Scribner
1958
1959
1960 Bernard J. Haggerty Lindsey B. Mount Robert E. Lee
1961
1962 J. Robert Ponton
1963
1964 Burkett A. Reynolds
1965
1966 Robert S. Johnson Gunther "Dutch" Vogt
1967
1968 Joseph W. Wright Jr. Kenneth E. Davis Mitchell Van Yahres
1969
1970 Francis H. Fife Charles Barbour
1971
1972 George Gilliam Jill Rinehart
1973
1974
1975
1976 Laurence Brunton Ed Gatewood Nancy K. O'Brien
1977
1978 Frank Buck Thomas E. Albro
1979
1980 Elizabeth Gleason John Conover E. G. Hall
1981
1982 Mary Alice Gunter
1983
1984 Lindsay Barnes
1985
1986 Darden Towe
1987
1988 Elizabeth "Bitsy" Waters Alvin Edwards Tom Vandever
1989
1990 Kay Slaughter David Toscano
1991
1992 Virginia Daugherty
1993
1994
1995
1996 Maurice Cox Meredith Richards
1997
1998 Blake Caravati
1999
2000 Kevin Lynch
2001
2002 Rob Schilling
2003
2004 Kendra Hamilton David Brown
2005
2006 Dave Norris Julian Taliaferro
2007
2008 Satyendra Huja Holly Edwards
2009
2010 Kristin Szakos
2011
2012 Kathy Galvin Deirdre “Dede” Smith
2013
2014 Bob Fenwick
2015
2016 Wes Bellamy Mike Signer
2017
2018 Nikuyah Walker Heather Hill
2019
2020
2021

1900 – 1950 forms of government

  • Common council with twelve members elected by district (four wards). Elected at-large mayor; council president mayor pro tempore.
  • Bicameral council elected by district (four wards); four aldermen and eight councilmen. Elected at-large mayor; council president mayor pro tempore. All duties of an executive or administrative character were performed by several council committees under ordinance.
  • Mayor-Business Manager: At-large elected Mayor also served as Business Manager; all duties of an executive or administrative character were discharged exclusively by the Municipal Business Manager; committees acting in an advisory capacity. Legislative council with twelve members elected by district (four wards).
  • Commission form of city government: (as known as the Galveston Plan) composed of three at-large elected members of the city council (commissioners); one commissioner was designated to function as president of the council or mayor.
  • Modified commission with five members of the city council; council president acting as mayor.
  • Modified city manager with five at-large elected members of the city council; council president acting as mayor.
  • (Straight) Council-manager form with five at-large elected members of the city council; council president acting as mayor.
  • Web. The American City, Vol. XIII, No. 5, Contributors Arthur Hastings Grant, Harold Sinley Buttenheim, Original from Harvard University, The Civic Press, Buttenheim Publishing Corporation, 87 Nassau Street, New York, July-December,1915; Digitized Mar 21, 2007, The Google Books Digital Content Store, retrieved August 4, 2019.