Form of Government and City Officials

The City of Virginia Beach was chartered as a municipal corporation by the General Assembly of Virginia on January 1, 1963. The City operates under Council-Manager form of government.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The eleven member City Council is the City's legislative body. The City Manager is appointed by Council and acts as Chief Executive Officer. Through his staff, he implements policies established by Council. Three Council members and the Mayor serve "at large" with no District residency requirement. All others are required to live in the District they represent: Bayside, Centerville, Kempsville, Lynnhaven, Princess Anne, Rose Hall and Beach Districts.

City Council elections are held every two years during the November General Elections, which is the 1st Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even numbered years.  The Mayor is elected to a four-year term through "direct" election. The Mayor presides over Council meetings, serves as the ceremonial head and spokesperson for the City, and assumes other duties as necessary.

The Vice-Mayor is elected by the City Council at the first meeting in January following a Council election. The Vice-Mayor is charged with carrying out the duties of the Mayor in his or her absence.​

City Council

Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer


Mayor Bobby Dyer was sworn in on November 20, 2018, and is the first Veteran to be directly elected as mayor in Virginia Beach history. Before being sworn in as Mayor, Dyer represented the Centerville District for 14 years. He currently works as a physical therapist. His prior positions include health care executive, business consultant and assistant professor in the School of Government at Regent University. Dyer served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972. In 1976, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University and in 1982, a master’s in public adminis¬tration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University in 2001. He currently serves as the City Council liaison to the Bikeways and Trails Advisory Committee, the Clean Community Commission, the Community Services Board, the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, the Human Rights Commission, the Open Space Advisory Committee, and the Process Improvement Steering Committee, which he initiated. Bobby and his wife, Trish, live in the Lake Christopher section of the Centerville District and have two children and four grandchildren.

James Wood

Vice Mayor/Councilmember, Lynnhaven District #5

Vice Mayor Wood was first elected to the City Council in 2002 and is now serving his fifth consecutive term. He was sworn in as Vice Mayor on January 8, 2019, after being selected by his peers. A 1981 graduate of Princess Anne High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree with special attainments in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1985 and a master of arts degree in history from Sam Houston State University in 2016. After college, he served his community as a Virginia Beach police officer and was assigned to various specialty units, including DUI enforcement and a precinct-level anticrime team.

Jessica Abbott

Councilmember, Kempsvillle District #2

Council Member Abbott was born to two Air Force veterans in Colorado Springs, CO and has been managing her family's insurance business (Matt Abbott State Farm) in Kempsville since 2008. She graduated from Kellam High School in 2007, graduated from the American College of Financial Services in 2015 with LUTCF and FSCP designations, and is a FEMA-certified flood insurance agent.

Michael Berlucchi

Councilmember, Rose Hall District #3

Council Member Michael Berlucchi was elected on November 5, 2019 to serve as the Rose Hall District representative. Berlucchi was born and raised in Virginia Beach is the community relations manager for the Chrysler Museum of Art. Berlucchi is an active community volunteer and serves several community and nonprofit organizations. He is a graduate of First Colonial High School and earned a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.

Barbara Henley

Councilmember, Princess Anne District #7

Council Member Henley is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in urban studies. She taught in the city's public schools' system and is serving her ninth term on the City Council.

Louis Jones

Councilmember, Bayside District #4

Council Member Jones has served on the City Council for more than 35 years, representing the Bayside District. He served as Mayor from May 1, 2018 to November 20, 2018 and July 1, 1982 to June 30, 1984, and as Vice Mayor from November 1, 2001 to April 30, 2018. He is a member and former chairman of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. He is also a former chairman of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Organization.

John Moss

Councilmember, At Large

Council Member Moss was re-elected to the City Council in November 2018. He served three prior terms on the City Council, as the Kempsville Borough representative (1986-1990) and as an at large member (1992-1995 and 2015-2018). Moss serves as deputy director of the Submarine Program Requirements and Warfare Development for the Commander Submarine Forces.

Aaron R. Rouse

Councilmember, At Large

Council Member Rouse was born and raised in Virginia Beach. He attended First Colonial High School and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Guy King Tower

Councilmember, Beach District #6

Council Member Tower has lived in Virginia Beach for the past 39 years. He is a retired lawyer, mediator, educator and association executive.

Rosemary Wilson

Councilmember, At Large

Council Member Wilson has held elected office since 1996 — first with the School Board (1996 to 2000, including being vice chairman), then with the City Council (2000 to present). A graduate of Bayside High School and Old Dominion University, Wilson is a Realtor with Howard Hanna Real Estate.

Sabrina Wooten

Councilmember, Centerville District #1

Council Member Wooten was sworn into office on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to fill the unexpired term of the seat Mayor Dyer vacated as the Centerville District representative. She is a native of Stuggart, Germany, grew up in the Hampton Roads area, and has lived in Virginia Beach for over 13 years.

State Appointed Officers

Thomas R. Cahill

Chief Magistrate

The Virginia Beach Office of the Magistrate is committed to delivering professional and informed judicial services to all citizens, law enforcement and government agencies twenty-four hours a day 365 days a year.

Olymphia A. Perkins

Director, Second District Court Service Unit

The Juvenile Probation Department, Court Services Unit, provides short term, intensive family and marriage counseling, as well as counseling for runaways, truants and victims of spousal abuse. The Department also processes petitions against juveniles including support, custody, visitation and certain adoption petitions. The Department also screens for placement of juveniles who are arrested and taken into custody.

Donna Patterson

Director of Elections/General Registrar

The Voter Registration and Elections office maintains the current registration and elections process for Virginia Beach voters and meets mandatory state and federal standards for access to voter registration, such as the regulations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

Constitutional Officers

V. Leigh Henderson

City Treasurer

It is the mission of the Office of the Treasurer to ensure economic vitality by the collection of revenue for the City of Virginia Beach and to support the mission of all other City Departments.

Tina E. Sinnen

Circuit Court Clerk

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Official and is elected by the voters of the locality and every Circuit Court in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a court of record. The Clerk of court is charged with the custody, safekeeping and proper indexing of legal and quasi-legal papers deposited in her office.

Philip J. Kellam

Commissioner of the Revenue

Virginia Beach Commissioner of the Revenue, Philip J. Kellam, is a publicly elected representative of the people responsible for the just administration of local taxes levied by the government as indicated in the Code of Virginia and Virginia Beach local tax ordinances.

Colin Stolle

Commonwealth's Attorney

The Commonwealth’s Attorney is a constitutional officer elected by the voters of Virginia Beach. His office is responsible for prosecuting those charged with violating the criminal laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia in Virginia Beach.

Our mission is to provide for the public safety of the citizens of Virginia Beach, through the efficient and professional operations of the Sheriff's Office as provided for in the Constitution and the Code of Virginia.

Appointed Officers

Mark D. Stiles

City Attorney

The City Clerk provides a historical record of the governing body (some records date as early as the 1860's); prepares and distributes the City Council Agenda, Minutes and Summary of Action; provides administrative services to City Council and the citizens; attests to all official documents insuring compliance with legislative law and City Council Action; provides and monitors legal advertising; and maintains the highest standards of customer service. All members of the staff have continued their education with Old Dominion University and are certified through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in procedures, ethics and conduct.

Ronald D. Agnor

Real Estate Assessor

The mission of the Real Estate Assessor's Office is to annually inventory and appraise all taxable and tax exempt real estate in the City, fairly and equitably, in accordance with Virginia State Law and Virginia Beach City Code, and provide information and assistance to the City Council, City Staff, State Department of Taxation and the public, regarding the land book and individual assessments.

Lyndon S. Remias

City Auditor

Lyndon S. Remias was selected by the Virginia Beach City Council in May 2008 to become the City's first appointed City Auditor. Remias is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Remias has more than 29 years of public, private, and governmental auditing experience.

Management Leadership Team

Tom Leahy

Acting City Manager

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the Virginia Beach City Council officially appointed Tom Leahy as Acting City Manager. Tom will remain in this position until a new City Manager is hired. Before assuming the Deputy City Manager position, Tom Leahy was the Director of Public Utilities which provides water and sewer service for more than 425,000 people. Before that, he was the Water Resources Manager during which time he was Project Manager for a $150 million pipeline project to transfer 60 million gallons of water per day from Lake Gaston to southeast Virginia.

Ronald H. Williams, Jr.

Deputy City Manager

Ron oversees the departments of Agriculture, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cultural Affairs Office, Economic Development, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, and Planning & Community Development. Ron served as Norfolk's Deputy City Manager directing major capital projects and public-private partnerships such as the Slover Library, the $146 million hotel and conference center, the Norfolk Premium Outlets, and the Norfolk Amtrak Station. Prior to becoming their Deputy City Manager, Ron held many other positions in the City of Norfolk, gaining experience to lead him to where he is today. He was their Director of Budget Management & Grants, the Special Assistant to the City Manager, Acting Grants Director, and Director of Intergovernmental Relations. He was awarded the 2016 Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service from the American Society for Public Administration–Hampton Roads Chapter. ​Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and has a master's degree in Business Administration from Regent University.

Kenneth L. Chandler

Deputy City Manager

Ken Chandler has 27 years of executive level public sector experience in diverse communities including Richmond, Arlington County, Dallas, TX, Portsmouth and, most recently, the District of Columbia. He oversees the departments of Human Services, Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Human Resources and Public Health as well as Aquarium & Historic Houses and the offices of STiR and Volunteer Resources. Ken earned a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University and a BA from Morehouse College. He is an International City Manager's Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager and is a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Steven R. Cover

Deputy City Manager

Steve Cover serves as the Deputy City Manager of Public Safety, overseeing the Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Communications & Citizen Services departments in addition to the Office of Emergency Management.

David Bradley

Acting Deputy City Manager for Infrastructure

Acting City Manager Tom Leahy appointed David Bradley as the Acting Deputy City Manager for Infrastructure effective Monday, September 16, 2019. David is currently the Director of Management Services. The primary mission of the Department of Budget & Management Services is to provide program, fiscal and budgetary policy development and analysis support to the City Manager and City Council for use in formulating city policies.

Department Leadership

Ed Brazle

Chief of Emergency Medical Services

Chief Ed Brazle oversees the largest volunteer EMS agency in the country. He joined Virginia Beach EMS as a volunteer with the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1990 while on active duty as a naval officer. He served in a number of positions in the squad, including Captain and President. After leaving the Navy in 1996, he was hired as the Regulation and Enforcement Coordinator, later advancing to the Division Chief level. He has completed tours as Chief the Operations, Support Services and Administration Divisions. Over the years he has had a leading role in numerous major initiatives including, creation of the CQI Program, integration of career and volunteer medics, deployment of AEDs on police cars, ALS capability on fire engines, new station construction and the Air Medical Program. He was name to the City of Virginia Beach Employee Hall of Fame in 2013. Chief Brazle is a Nationally Certified Paramedic and acts as the Chief Flight Medic for the department. He participates on a number of committees at the local, regional and state level. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University.

Stephen Williams

Director of Emergency Communications & Citizen Services

Stephen C. Williams is director of Emergency Communications and Citizen Services (ECCS), which operates Virginia Beach's 911 emergency system, as well as its 311 non-emergency system. Director Williams began his career as an EMS captain and firefighter with the Harvest Volunteer Fire Department in Harvest, Ala., and as a 911 public safety dispatcher in Huntsville, Ala. He earned a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Mr. Williams came to us in 2015 from Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of operations in the Office of Unified Communications from December 2012 until coming to Virginia Beach in August of 2015. While in Washington, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of both the District's 911 and 311 divisions.

Jim A. Cervera

Police Chief

James A. (Jim) Cervera, a 32-year veteran of the Virginia Beach Police Department, was appointed Chief of Police by City Manager James K. Spore effective on September 1, 2010.

David Trimmer

Director of Agriculture

The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to provide leadership, coordination and education to enhance the economic vitality of the City's agriculture industry and the preservation and enhancement of its quality physical environment, to assist citizens in strengthening their families and to provide citizens and visitors with cultural and recreational opportunities by preserving our agricultural and rural heritage.


Director of Convention and Visitors Bureau

Taylor Adams

Director of Economic Development

The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is charged with expanding and diversifying the tax base and employment opportunities for the city through business development. The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development can be your one-stop resource for business and site evaluation information.

Andrew Friedman

Director of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation

Housing & Neighborhood Preservation's mission is to create quality solutions that expand housing opportunities, promote vibrant, well-maintained neighborhoods and make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.

Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis

Director of Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The mission of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is to develop a cultural environment in Virginia Beach that encourages public involvement in science and history.

Emily S. Labows

Director, Cultural Affairs

The City of Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs fosters an environment that encourages innovation and excellence within the Virginia Beach arts community. Cultural Affairs, along with the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, funds programs and services that build community and transform lives by enhancing enjoyment, understanding and participation in the arts.

Bobby Tajan

Director of Planning & Community Development

The mission of the Department of Planning & Community Development is to support the planning and development process of land use and reuse in the City of Virginia Beach, to ensure orderly development and land use so that the economic and aesthetic viability of the City is maintained and enhanced as it relates to the physical function of the City. This process is supported by plan review, special planning studies, support for the Planning Commission and other planning related boards and commissions, development review, zoning enforcement, permit issuance, and building inspection.

Regina Hilliard

Director of Human Resources

The mission of the Department of Human Resources​ is to facilitate the development of a culture that attracts and retains a creative and effective workforce dedicated to providing the best municipal government, and assists the Human Rights Commission in its mission to respond to the needs of a diverse citizenry.

Michael Kirschman

Director of Parks & Recreation

The vision of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation is to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. The mission is to exceed community expectations in an inclusive, innovative and sustainable manner.

Eva Poole

Director of Public Libraries

Virginia Beach Public Library provides citizens with information and skills needed for success, now and in the future.

Julie Hill

Communications Director

The Communications Office develops mutual understanding and support between the city government, the community and diverse publics by communicating information, managing municipal public relations, and encouraging citizen involvement.

Melissa Zibutis

Administrator of Volunteer Resources

Established in 1978, the Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources seeks to maximize the full potential of the City's volunteers by promoting awareness of opportunities, fostering effective volunteer resource management, documenting the scope and impact of volunteer engagement, and celebrating the contributions and spirit of volunteerism in Virginia Beach!

Bob Montague

Director of Public Utilities

The mission of the Public Utilities Department is to provide potable public water, including fire protection and public sanitary sewer service, to the citizens of Virginia Beach.

Mark A. Johnson

Public Works, Director

The mission of the Department of Public Works is to proactively enhance the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Virginia Beach by overseeing the design and construction of new City structures and transportation facililties to ensure maximum use and benefit; maintain a large portion of the City's infrastructure; provide for the collection, recycling and disposal of solid waste to ensure a healthy environment.

Aileen L. Smith

Director of Human Services

The mission of the Human Services Department (HSD) is to provide Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency, safety, and quality of life possible, through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability.

Alice Kelly

Director of Finance

The Director ensures direction, planning, and coordination of departmental services provided by Debt Administration, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Payroll, Risk Management, Comptroller, Minority Business Council, and the Deferred Compensation Board.

Pedro Wallace

Chief Information Officer

Pedro Wallace was appointed Chief Information Officer for the City of Virginia Beach in March 2017. In this role, Wallace is responsible for the management and oversight of the department of Information Technology which provides and supports communications, information, and technology solutions to enable city businesses, inform the community, and improve and promote quality of life and public safety.

Erin Sutton

Deputy Emergency Services Coordinator

The Office of Emergency Management promotes a comprehensive emergency management program to mitigate the community’s impacts from manmade, natural or technological disasters and potential catastrophic incidents by utilizing mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies.

David Hutcheson

Fire Chief

The Virginia Beach Fire Department is a Public Safety Agency dedicated to protecting our communities, members, citizens, and visitors to foster the feeling of safety any time, any place, through planning, mitigation, response, and restoration. With 19 Fire Stations, 19 Engines, 8 Ladder Trucks, 2 Technical Rescue Trucks, 3 Fireboats, a HazMat Response Vehicle, and just under 500-dedicated, highly trained employees, the VBFD is an “All-Hazards” response agency.

Neva White

Chief Strategy Officer

The City of Virginia Beach formed the S.T.i.R. Office to dedicate resources toward Strategy, Transparency, Innovation, and Resiliency within the City’s organization and community. The STiR Office exists to facilitate alignment of the City’s work to Council Goals by means of continuous improvement supporting the needs of the community and organization through enhanced integration of strategy, transparency, innovation, and resiliency to achieve collective impact.

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