Office of the City Treasurer

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The City Treasurer is a constitutional officer elected by the citizens of Charlottesville, responsible for preparing, mailing and collecting all tax bills in the city of Charlottesville. The treasurer also supervises the collection of all other city revenue from taxes, fees, and services, and the managements and investment of those revenues[1].


The treasurer disburses funds for the city as they are authorized by the Director of Finance[1].

The treasurer is also the fiscal agent for city departments and funds, including those for schools and employee retirement.[1].

Retirement brings election

The current treasurer is Jason Vandever. He was elected to the position in a special election held on April 2, 2013. [2] Vandever defeated independent John Pfaltz

He had been appointed to the position after Jennifer J. Brown retired due to health problems. She had been elected to a fifth term on November 3, 2009. [1] Republicans and members of the Jefferson Area Tea Party called for a special election to fill the vacancy which will cost the city as much as $35,000 [3] Judge Edward Hogshire held a hearing on the matter on November 28, 2012. On the same day, Republican party leader Charles L. Weber, Jr. told Hogshire said he spoken with a potential candidate for the seat. [4] Hogshire ruled that a special election would be held on April 2, 2013. [5] The last contested race for treasurer had been in 1969. [6]

Vandever will also face election in November 2013.

Prior Town Treasurers

  • Frank M. Paoli, TBD to March 27, 1874 (died in office)
  • William T. Jones, 1875 (appointed by the Council)
  • William T. Jones, 1875 to July 1, 1887 (elected at-large)
  • John M. Godwin, (elected at-large)
  • Mayor R. F. Harris

Prior City Treasurers

(a) Appointed by Judge A. D. Dabney in January 1916 to fill out the unexpired term of Charles H. Walker, who resigned as of Dec. 31, 1915 on account of failing health.
(b) Appointed by Judge A. D. Dabney in December 1918 to succeed the late W. G. Steele, who died during the influenza epidemic at age 44.
(c) Appointed by Judge A. D. Dabney on July 25, 1933 to complete the unfinished term of the late Lacy L. Irvine, who died suddenly the afternoon of Saturday, July 21, 1933 after leaving the office earlier in the day.
(d) Appointed to complete the unfinished term of the late Ernest L. Pugh, who was serving his sixth term as city treasurer when he suddenly fell ill during the night and died on April 24, 1956.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Web. City Treasurer - Duties, city website, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 15, 2010.
  2. Web. Vandever wins Charlottesville treasurer race, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 2, 2013, retrieved April 4, 2013.
  3. Web. City council supports acting treasurer, Joseph Liss, Cavalier Daily, retrieved October 17, 2012.
  4. Web. Republicans find candidate for Charlottesville treasurer, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 28, 2012, retrieved November 28, 2012.
  5. Web. Election for city treasurer to be held April 2, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, December 1, 2012, retrieved December 3, 2012.
  6. Web. After nearly 50 years, Charlottesville will see contested Treasurer's race, Rick Sincere, Charlottesville Examiner, retrieved January 10, 2013.

External Links


The office is located at 605 East Main Street, Room A120, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.