City Council Members
Below are the names, addresses, phone numbers and terms of current members from left to right:
- J. Freeman
- T. Williams
- F. Lucente
- M. Harris
- B. Allen
: Jeffrey S. Freeman
: 136 James Avenue, Waynesboro
: Ward C
: Jeff Freeman
: June 30, 2014
Elected to City Council in 2010. Mr. Freeman is a lifelong resident of Waynesboro. He graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1975. He continued his education at Lynchburg College, and graduated in 1979 with a double major in Health and Physical Education and Recreation. Mr. Freeman was a referee and umpired high school and college basketball and baseball for 32 years.
: Timothy D. Williams, Vice Mayor
: 418 Dinwiddie Ave.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
: Tim Williams
Elected to City Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Mr. Williams served as Mayor from July 2008 through June 2010 and was elected Vice Mayor in July 2012. He attended Blue Ridge Community College and Tidewater Community College and is self-employed as the owner of Choice Meats.
: Frank S. Lucente
: 2125 Pickett Road
Waynesboro, VA 22980
: At Large
: Frank Lucente
Appointed to City Council on April 25, 2005, to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor. Elected to Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He served as Vice Mayor from July 2008 through June 2010 and as Mayor from July 2010 through June, 2012. Mr. Lucente received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, and a Master’s degree in both Business Administration and Guidance and Counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is self-employed and the President of Sam’s Hotdogs, Inc.
Name: Michael E. Harris
Address: 836 S. Ellison Lane, Waynesboro
Ward: Ward D
Email: Mike Harris
Term Expires: June 30, 2014
Elected to Council in July, 2010. Mr. Harris has extensive knowledge and experience in law enforcement, security, and veteran’s affairs, receiving education from the University of Louisville, the Commonwealth Management Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, Blue Ridge Community College, and the Virginia State Police Academy. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including Police Officer of the Year and eight-three (83) commendations for performance of duty. He has held various offices with the American Legion and the Civil Air Patrol. He is also a commercial pilot.
: Bruce E. Allen, Mayor
: 333 Shore Road
Waynesboro, VA 22980
: Bruce Allen
Elected to City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. Mr. Allen was elected Vice Mayor July 2010 and elected Mayor in July 2012. Mr. Allen is a graduate from Waynesboro High and attended Blue Ridge Community College. He graduated Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Center in 1974 and again in 1986. Mr. Allen retired from the Waynesboro City Sheriff’s Department in 2004. He is currently employed as Property Manager for River Town LC, and Good Faith LLC.
Email: Julia Bortle
Appointed to City Council on August 6, 2007. As a Charter employee, the Clerk of Council serves at the pleasure of the City Council and is appointed annually. Ms. Julia Bortle graduated with an Associates Degree from the State University of New York in June 1982 and a Bachelors Degree from Adelphi University Garden City NY in 1993. She attained the Certified Municipal Clerk designation in October 2009.
City Council Meetings
Council meetings are held at the times listed below, except when rescheduled due to holidays.
Regular Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00pm.
Work Sessions will be scheduled as needed.
Meetings are open to the public and are held in the Council Chambers of the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building, 503 West Main Street, Waynesboro, VA.
Council meetings are televised live on the Government Access Channel. Recorded meetings are then shown each day at 9:00 a.m., 7:00 p.m., and 2:00 a.m. on the Government Access Channel.
Conduct Your Own Online Research
Ordinances, resolutions and other legislative documents dating back to 2005 are available in the online versions of the Minutes of the Council Proceedings. Additionally, City Council agendas and meeting packets dating from 2008 are also posted there.
Hard copies of Council Minutes dating back to 1929 are available for viewing and searchable via Laserfiche at the City Clerk's Office, 503 West Main Street, Suite 210 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 pm.
Council-Manager Form of Government
The council-manager system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council, with the strong managerial experience of city manager appointed by City Council. It is a representative system where legislative power is focused in the elected council and the professionally trained city manager oversees the delivery of public services. In addition to the city manager, the council also annually appoints the clerk of the council, the city assessor, and the city attorney.
The five-member Council is elected for four (4) year terms and members are elected on a staggered basis. Four members are elected to represent wards and one member is elected at-large. The Council elects the Mayor from the Council for two (2) year terms. All registered voters are eligible to vote for all members of City Council.
The City Council approves the budget and determines the tax rate. The Council also focuses on the community's goals, major projects, and long-term considerations such as economic development, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning.
The city manager makes recommendations to Council, and the Council may adopt them, modify them, or reject the recommendations. The city manager is bound by whatever action the Mayor and Council takes.
How Do I Bring An Issue Before City Council?
There are at least three ways to bring something before Council: 1) contact the City Clerk’s Office; 2) talk to one of your Council members or the Mayor; or 3) appear before a City Council meeting.
The best way to bring an issue to Council's attention is to contact the City Clerk’s Office (503 West Main Street, Suite 210, Waynesboro, (540) 942-6669) (email@example.com
). The City Clerk may be able to address your matter, refer it to the appropriate Council person or City Manager, or refer it to the appropriate city representative.
The City Council agendas are prepared and distributed on Thursdays before meetings. Copies are provided to Council and are available for viewing on the City’s website.
Office of the Mayor
The mayor shall preside at council meetings and perform such other duties consistent with the office as may be imposed by the Council. The Mayor shall authenticate by signature such instruments as the Council, the City Charter, or the laws of the state shall require. The Mayor has the authority to suppress disorderly conduct at meetings held in the Council chambers with the aid of the Police Chief or a police officer.
Office of the Clerk of Council
The Clerk of Council is one of four City Council appointees. The City Clerk gives notice of the Waynesboro City Council meetings to its members and the public; keeps the minutes of its proceedings; keeps all papers, documents and records pertaining to the City; keeps and attest the City seal; and performs such other duties as assigned to the Clerk of Council by the City Charter or by the Waynesboro City Council. The Office of the City Clerk stands at the center of a communication network to transmit information concerning City government and its operation. A key responsibility of the Clerk includes serving as an information center to address inquiries from citizens, other municipal departments and agencies, the administration of boards and commission, and fulfilling research requests.