City Council Members

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Virginia Beach operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The 11-member City Council is the city's legislative body. The city manager is appointed by the Council and acts as chief executive officer. Through his staff, the City Manager implements policies established by Council.

Members of Council serve four-year terms and are elected on a staggered basis. Three Council members and the mayor serve "at large" with no district residency requirement. All others are required to live in the districts they represent.


Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer

Before being sworn in as Mayor on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Bobby 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 administration 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 Human Rights Commission and the Process Improvement Steering Committee, which he initiated.  He has also been appointed to serve on the Hampton Roads Planning Commission and the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. Bobby and his wife, Trish, live in the Lake Christopher section of the Centerville District and have two children and two grandchildren.  ​​​​

James Wood

Vice Mayor/Councilmember, Lynnhaven

Councilmember Wood was sworn in as the Vice Mayor on May 1, 2018, after being selected by his peers. He was first elected to City Council in 2002 and is now serving his fourth consecutive term.  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.  He owns and manages firms engaged in commercial and general contracting and residential and commercial property management. 

He is a commissioner and chairman of the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads and was appointed by the Senate of Virginia to the Joint Subcommittee to Address Recurrent Flooding.  He is City Council liaison to the Audit Committee, Hampton Roads Transit, the Volunteer Council, the Town Center project, Sister Cities, the Technology Committee and the Bayfront Advisory Committee.  He is past president of the Rotary Club of Cape Henry and past Assistant Governor for the Virginia Beach area, and has served in leadership roles on the boards of many volunteer and nonprofit organizations.    

Jim and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Kings Grant area and have a son who is an attorney, a daughter working in higher education in Europe and three grandsons.​

Jessica Abbott

Councilmember, Kempsville
Jessica 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. She has founded two nonprofit organizations for local women, one for teaching self-defense and the other as a networking group for other female entrepreneurs. At 27, she is the youngest-ever elected official in Virginia Beach. She lives in Indian Lakes with her husband, Matthew Cheatham, son, Desmond and daughter, Opal.

Barbara Henley

Councilmember, Princess Anne

​Councilmember 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 school in the city's public schools system and is serving her ninth term on City Council.  Mrs. Henley represented the Pungo Borough from 1978 to 1990, during which time she served two years as Vice Mayor.  She served on City Council again from 1994 to 2002, and returned to represent the Princess Anne District in 2006.  A partner in Henley Farms, LP, Henley is a board member of the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society.  She also serves as the Council Liaison to the Agricultural Advisory Commission, the Bikeways and Trails Advisory Commission and the Open Space Advisory Commission, among others.  She also has been appointed to serve on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.  She is the author of Glimpses of Down-Country History: Southern Princess Anne County.   

Louis Jones

Councilmember, Bayside

Councilman Louis 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.

Councilman​ Jones serves as the City Council liaison to numerous panels including:
  • Bayfront Advisory Commission
  • Lake Gaston Water Task Force
  • Oceana Land Use Conformity Committee
  • Southeastern Public Service Authority
  • Virginia Beach Development Authority
He is president and owner of Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Inc. and Tidewater Cemetery Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary (Old Dominion University) and is a graduate of the Echols College of Mortuary Science. He serves on the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and is a member of Bayside Presbyterian Church.

Shannon Kane

Councilmember, Rose Hall
Councilmember Kane is a strong advocate for entrepreneurship, as well as the value of volunteerism and nonprofit groups in the community. She is president and founder of marketing firm, EWR Management Group in Virginia Beach and currently serves as president of the board of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Virginia.  Before starting her own business, she was senior director of Physicians for Peace, president of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and district director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is active in many civic groups, and is the former president of the Virginia Beach Jaycees, chairman of the Lynnhaven River Day of VB2007 and a past foundation president of the East Coast Surfing Championships. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from James Madison University. She was appointed to represent the Rose Hall District effective Jan. 1, 2014, and elected effective Jan. 1, 2015, and re-elected for a second term beginning Jan 1, 2017.  She serves as City Council liaison to the Minority Business Council, Human Rights Commission, the Hampton Roads Planning Council, the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, the Clean Community Commission and the Technology Committee. She lives in Salem Woods with her husband, Patrick, and son, Spencer.

John Moss

Councilmember, At Large

Councilmember 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 2011-2018). Moss serves as deputy director of the Submarine Program Requirements and Warfare Development for the Commander Submarine Forces. He championed resident focused civic interest for a decade as the chairman of the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (2001-2011). Moss is a member of the Virginia Beach Republican City Committee and is active in Boy Scout Troop 375. He is a graduate of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and the Naval War College, as well as the Senior Federal Fellows Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Moss currently serves as the liaison for the Deferred Compensation Board and the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation. The Moss family resides in the Bayside District. John, Kathy, Thomas, and Katie are members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.​

David Nygaard

Councilmember, Beach District #6
​Council Member David Nygaard was elected to represent the Beach District effective January 2019. Nygaard was the son of a naval captain and a mother who turned a creative passion into a successful business. After graduating from Kempsville High School, the College of William and Mary (BBA), and Regent University (MBA), he grew the family business and opened David Nygaard Fine Jewelers, which was recognized in 2006 as ”Business of the Year” by both the Hampton Roads Chamber and Virginia Business magazine. Nygaard also served on a number of charitable boards, served on the advisory committee for the Entrepreneurship Center at the Mason School of Business, and taught entrepreneurship and business classes at Chowan University. After overcoming both personal and professional losses, Nygaard sought a seat on the City Council to advocate for local businesses that create local jobs, public safety and domestic violence policies; make education and teachers a top priority; represent citizens who feel overlooked and serve the community through an inclusive approach.

Aaron R. Rouse

Councilmember, At Large

Councilmember 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. Rouse was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft and also played for the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals. After retiring from the National Football League, Rouse returned home to Virginia Beach to begin his career in public service. He served as a coach and a mentor before founding Rouse’s House. Rouse’s House, is a nonprofit organization that serves to establish education as the foundation for today’s youth, with a primary goal of exposing youth and families in the community to a broader world of learning. On November 6, 2018, Rouse was elected to Virginia Beach City Council as an at-large member. Rouse is a strong advocate for the support of first responders, and the military along with their families. He is passionate about the potential growth of Virginia Beach into a strong economic, travel and entertainment location with support to residents and tourists. Rouse is a lifetime member of the National Football League Players Association, an active member of his church and a member of North End Run Club. He enjoys outdoor activities and currently resides in the heart of Virginia Beach with his son and daughter.


Rosemary Wilson

Councilmember, At Large

​Councilmember  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 Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty.  Recognized in 2012 by Lawyer's Weekly, as one of the Most Influential Women in Virginia, Wilson was also appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Fair Housing Board and the Local Government Advisory Board to the Chesapeake Bay.  She was honored by Inside Business in 2007 with the Women in Business Achievement Award, and by the Virginia Beach Education Association in 1999 with the Friend of Education Award.  She is a fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the Civic Leadership Institute at Old Dominion University. The honorary chair of Relay for Life 2009, Wilson has served as president of the Virginia Municipal League and as chairman of the league's Human Development and Education Committee, as well as the Federal Advocacy Council. In 2016, Wilson was named Volunteer of the Year from the Virginia Society of Recreation and Parks and is the co-chair for Crush Cancer, a non-profit that raises money for rare cancer research. She is also the City Council liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission, the Virginia Beach Development Authority and the Workforce Housing Committee, among others.

Sabrina Wooten

Councilmember, Centerville

Council Member Wooten was sworn into office on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to fill the unexpired term of the seat Dyer is vacating 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. 

Wooten’s professional mediation firm Strategic Impact Services, LLC, provides mediation services and business management solutions to business organizations and the community. She was appointed to the 2018 Board of Governors for the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives. Prior to the November 2018 election, Wooten was vice chair of the City’s Minority Business Council, and chair of the Outreach Committee. She was also a member of the City’s Process Improvement Steering Committee and is a member of the National Small Business Association, the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Professional Women. An administrative pastor, Wooten serves in her church in the areas of strategic outreach, world missions and the prison ministry. She is also a chaplain for the Virginia Beach Police Department.

A published author, Wooten graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. She received master’s degrees in business management and public administration from Regent University. She also earned a certificate in biblical studies from Liberty University and a certificate in practical theology from Regent University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and leadership. Wooten resides with her husband, Donald, and son, Ricardo, in the Centerville District.