City Council

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Mayor Carolyn W. Dull


Vice Mayor Ophie Kier


Erik D. Curren


James J. Harrington


R. Terry Holmes

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Andrea Oakes


Walter J. Obenschain


About Staunton City Council

The Staunton City Council comprises seven members who are elected by City voters and empowered by the City Charter and the Code of Virginia with the responsibility of establishing laws in the city, adopting an annual budget and setting tax levels to fund maintenance of the city infrastructure, schools, public safety and other functions.

City Council employs a City Manager who handles day-to-day operations and serves at the pleasure of Council. Staunton created the Council-Manager form of government in 1908, which now serves as a standard form of government across the United States and throughout much of the free world.

Clerk of Council

The Clerk of Council is a part-time City employee appointed by Council to arrange meetings, record minutes, record ordinances, maintain applications and information for City boards and commissions, and to handle proclamations and other official documents. 

You may contact the Clerk of Council, Faith Simmons, via email or by phone at 540.332.3810. The Clerk's office is located on the first floor of City Hall.


Members of Staunton City Council serve four-year terms and have alternating tenures. Three members are
elected one year and four are elected two years later. The Mayor is chosen by the City Council for
a two-year period.


City Council regularly meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The Council typically holds a work session prior to each regular meeting that is also open to the public. Agendas for each meeting are posted at least one week in advance.


City Council adopts a Vision Statement to guide its actions in the decade ahead in addition to three-year priorities for actions in the short term to help achieve the vision. Download Council’s Vision for 2025 and its three-year priorities.

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