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.​

This page reflects the Council Districts to which the pictured representatives were most recently elected.  Starting in 2022, newly drawn districts will be implemented as the result of recent litigation, changes to state voting laws and to reflect decennial redistricting requirements.  Additional changes may be considered in 2023, after public input is obtained. For a detailed discussion of the changes to the City’s voting system, please visit www.VBgov.com/vb10.  This page will be updated in January 2023.  


City Council

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, he represented the Centerville District for 14 years. Bobby currently serves as a City Council liaison to the Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Human Rights Commission, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Process Improvement Steering Committee, which he initiated, and is an appointed member of the Oceana Land Use Conformity Committee.

Michael Berlucchi

District #3

Councilmember Michael Berlucchi was elected on November 5, 2019, and re-elected on November 3, 2020, to serve as the Rose Hall District (District 3) representative. He serves as a City Council Liaison to the 5/31 Memorial Committee, Arts and Humanities Commission, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Development Authority, Human Rights Commission, Social Services Advisory Board and Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation.

Barbara Henley

District #2

Councilmember Barbara Henley is serving her 10th term on the City Council, now representing District 2. She serves as a City Council liaison to the Agricultural Advisory Commission, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Historical Review Board, Open Space Advisory Committee, Stormwater Appeals Board and is an appointed member of the Green Ribbon Committee, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the Transition Area ITA.

N.D. "Rocky" Holcomb

District #1

Councilmember Rocky Holcomb is a chief deputy in the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, a former Marine, and a former representative of the 85th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was appointed to fill the unexpired term for the Kempsville District vacancy on August 12, 2021 and served in that position until a special election in November 2022, where he was elected as the representative for District 1. Rocky serves as a City Council liaison to the Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Clean Community Commission, Community Services Board, Military Economic Development Advisory Committee and Urban Agricultural Advisory Committee; an appointed member of the Green Ribbon Committee; and an alternate for the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.

Robert W. "Worth" Remick

District #6

Council Member Worth Remick was elected on November 8, 2022, to serve a four-year term as the District 6 representative. He will serve as a City Council liaison to the Resort Advisory Commission, Flood Prevention Bond Referendum Oversight Board, Old Beach Design Review Committee, Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation, Towing Advisory Board, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority and Atlantic Park Project, and has been appointed to the Advertising Advisory Committee, Audit Committee and Oceana Land Use Conformity Committee.

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond

District #4

Councilmember Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond was elected in the November 2022 election to represent District 4. She previously served as a member of City Council from 2012 to 2016. Amelia has been appointed to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads (HRT), and is a liaison to the 2040 Vision to Action Community Coalition, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Housing Advisory Board, Minority Business Council, Central Business District and Something in the Water Festival.

Jennifer V. Rouse

District #10

Councilmember Jennifer Rouse was elected on November 8, 2022, to serve as the District 10 representative. She has been appointed to the Housing Advisory Board and Active Transportation Advisory Committee, and is a liaison to the Minority Business Council, Public Library Board, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority and Something in the Water Festival.

Joashua F. “Joash” Schulman

District #9

Councilmember Joash Schulman was elected on November 8, 2022, to serve as the District 9 representative. He has been appointed to the Audit Committee, Bayfront Advisory Commission and Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and will serve as a City Council liaison to the Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Historic Preservation Commission, Process Improvement Steering Committee, Stormwater Appeals Board, Central Business District and the Atlantic Park Project.

Chris Taylor

District #8

Councilmember Chris Taylor was elected in November 2022 as the District 8 representative. He has been appointed to the Bayfront Advisory Commission, Community Criminal Justice Board and Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and serves as a City Council liaison for the Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Health Services Advisory Board, Housing Advisory Board, Military Economic Development Advisory Committee, Open Space Advisory Committee, Resort Advisory Commission and School Modernization Special Project.

Rosemary Wilson

Vice Mayor - District #5

Vice Mayor Rosemary 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). She is a City Council liaison to the Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Beaches and Waterways Advisory Commission, Development Authority, Health Services Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission and School Modernization Special Project, and an appointed member of the Community Organization Grant (COG) Review and Allocation Committee, the In-House Pharmacy Exploratory Committee, the Oceana Land Use Conformity Committee and the Southside Network Authority.

Sabrina D. Wooten

District #7

Councilmember Sabrina 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 in Virginia Beach. On November 3, 2020, she was re-elected as the first African American to serve a second term ever on Virginia Beach City Council. She is currently a City Council liaison to the 5/31 Memorial Committee, 2040 Vision to Action Community Coalition, Arts and Humanities Commission, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Parks and Recreation Commission, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and Planning Council.


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.

Christine Lewis

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sue C. Cunningham

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.


Management Leadership Team

Patrick A. Duhaney

City Manager

Patrick Duhaney joined the City of Virginia Beach as city manager in July, 2020. Prior to taking on his new role, he served as city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he had been employed since 2009. While there, Duhaney served in a variety of roles, including contract compliance specialist, chief procurement officer and assistant city manager. Before his work in local government, Duhaney served in the U.S. Army on active duty and in reserve capacity from 1999 to 2015 under combat engineer and ordnance commands. He also worked for a community development financial institution in Cincinnati, where he was a program officer responsible for issuing community development loans, overseeing the local LISC office’s loan portfolio, and bringing resources to aid in the redevelopment of Cincinnati neighborhoods. Duhaney served on numerous boards in Cincinnati pertaining to neighborhood economic development and redevelopment and chaired the City of Cincinnati's Minority/Small/Women Business Enterprise Advisory Board. Duhaney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from the Cleveland State University and master’s in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Urban League’s African-American Leadership Development Program. He is also a certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a Certified Public Procurement Buyer issued by the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP).

Kenneth L. Chandler

Deputy City Manager

Ken Chandler oversees the Virginia Aquarium, Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Human Services, Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, Public Utilities, and Public Health (liaison). Ken has 30+ years of public service experience in executive management, operations, human development, including two prior CEO appointments with local governments in Virginia, Texas, and the District of Columbia. He holds a Doctor of Strategic Leadership (Regent University), MPA (Old Dominion University), and BA (Morehouse College). Ken is a Credentialed Manager (ICMA), certified Leadership Coach (LCOP), USCG Auxiliary member.

Taylor V. Adams

Deputy City Manager

Taylor oversees Agriculture, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Economic Development and Planning, and Community Development. Taylor has 20+ years of experience in the public and private sectors in business development, lending, sales, procurement, finance administration, and serving as a chief administrative officer of a local government. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from Hult International Business School. 

Monica Croskey Chaparro

Assistant City Manager

In addition to overseeing a portfolio of strategic initiatives, Monica provides executive oversight to the Cultural Affairs Department, the Office of Performance and Accountability, and the Inclusion and Diversity Council. She serves as the City Manager’s Office liaison to the Virginia Beach Courts, Voter Registration and Elections, and the City Council-appointed Process Improvement Steering Committee. Monica has 15 years of local government experience having served in leadership roles in the areas of strategic planning, performance management, and budgeting for the city of Raleigh, the city of Durham, and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and the city of Rock Hill, South Carolina. She began her local government career working for the City of Charlotte, NC. Chaparro earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Winthrop University.

Melissa C. Zibutis

Chief of Staff

As the Chief of Staff, Melissa serves as a liaison internally and for nonprofit, private, and public agencies to advance initiatives identified by the City Manager. Melissa oversees three business units in the City Manager's Office to include Constituent Affairs, Volunteer Resources, and Recovery and Resiliency. In addition, she supports the City Manager with the development and implementation of projects, programs, and partnerships in support of City Council priorities and organizational strategic initiatives. Melissa has 15+ years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She received a master's degree from Regent University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa.


Department Leadership

David Trimmer has held the position of the City of Virginia Beach Director of Agriculture since October 2008. David leads staff and works with the industry and communities to promote, preserve, and the sustainability of agriculture in the City of Virginia Beach as well as Virginia. David is an advocate of the local agriculture community making sure agriculture has a voice when it comes to issues going on in the City both today and tomorrow.

Kevin Chatellier

Budget and Management Services

Chatellier began his career as a management and budget analyst with the City of Virginia Beach in 2008 and was promoted to a senior analyst in 2014. He was promoted to Budget and Management Services administrator in 2017 and named acting co-director of Budget and Management Services in September 2019.

Tiffany Russell

Communications

The Communications Office provides the full range of strategic and tactical communications services that facilitate service delivery, relationship-building and the exchange of ideas to achieve established objectives.

Nancy Helman

Convention and Visitors Bureau

A 25-year veteran of the tourism industry, Nancy Helman leads one of the nation's top sports marketing programs that has put Virginia Beach on the map as one of the best managed destinations for sports clients and participants.

Emily S. Labows

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.

Taylor Adams

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.

Jada M. Lee

Emergency Communications & Citizen Services

Jada M. Lee is acting director of Emergency Communications and Citizen Services (ECCS), which operates Virginia Beach's 911 emergency system, as well as its 311 non-emergency system.

David Topczynski

Emergency Management

David “Tops” Topczynski has been selected to serve as the City of Virginia Beach’s new emergency management coordinator effective Feb. 9. Topczynski has served as the interim coordinator since the departure of Danielle Progen in early December 2022. He is an experienced leader in the field of emergency management and fire service who brings extensive, firsthand experience managing response and recovery operations at multiple national or state declared disasters.

Ed Brazle

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.

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.

Kenneth A. Pravetz was officially sworn into office as the new Fire Chief for the Virginia Beach Fire Department on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Prior to being appointed as Fire Chief, Pravetz served with the Virginia Beach Fire Department since February 1999. Chief Pravetz has 35 years of career fire experience. He is an U.S. Air Force Veteran. Chief Pravetz has worked for Virginia Beach for 23 years and has held many challenging assignments including the Deputy Chief of Services responsible for personnel, finance, training, logistics, planning, and community risk reduction. Chief Pravetz holds an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor's degree in health and safety, and a Master of Public Administration Degree. In 2019, Chief Pravetz completed a master's degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He has a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Chief Pravetz is nearing completion of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute. He is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search & Rescue Virginia Task Force 2, homebased out of Virginia Beach and serves on three NFPA technical committees and the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee. He also represents the IAFC on the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council Executive Committee.

Ruth Hill

Housing and Neighborhood Preservation

Ruth Hill was named was named Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation in October 2021, leading the implementation of the City's strategic plan to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. She previously served as the department's Homeless Services administrator and has 21 years of executive management experience in the homelessness field. She joined the City in 2017 to spearhead the programming of the Housing Resource Center, where she managed center staff and multiple contracted providers that operate the services in the facility, including single and family shelters, dining facility, health clinic, day services, and 30 efficiency apartments. Hill has a bachelor's degree in social work from James Madison University and a certificate of nonprofit management from Tidewater Community College. Prior to joining the City, she was executive director of The Healing Place of Hampton Roads, Stop Child Trafficking Now, Samaritan House, and Our House Families. Hill serves on the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness and is a founding member of the BEACH Community Partnership.

Responsibilities of this role include oversight for many actions impacting employees throughout their career including hiring, classification and pay, necessary employment and safety-sensitive physicals, and employee development. The department also focuses on ensuring City employees are informed and can perform their work in a respectful, harassment-free workplace that is professional, open and inclusive.

Aileen L. Smith

Human Services

Aileen Smith was hired as the director of the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services in August 2019. She has worked in the Department of Human Services since 2012. Mrs. Smith leads a department of about 1,500 staff and volunteers who provide mental health, behavioral health and social services to citizens in our community. She has 28 years of experience in the field of Human Services and has served in numerous leadership and staff roles throughout her career. Mrs. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University. Additionally, she is a graduate of the LEAD Leadership program at the University of Virginia and became a Fellow of Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in 2016. Mrs. Smith has previously served on Governor McAuliffe’s Behavioral Health and Justice Center Advisory Committee (CAG), the Hampton Roads Heroin Task Force, the Virginia Jail Mental Health Standards Workgroup and served as the chair of the Region V CSB Executive Director’s leadership team.

Pedro Wallace

Information Technology

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.

Michael Kirschman

Parks & Recreation

Michael Kirschman was appointed Parks and Recreation Department Director in March 2018. The department manages over 290 parks, 7,000+ acres, seven large recreation centers, provides before after school childcare at all 56 elementary schools, and maintains all city properties and public school grounds and athletic fields. Prior to Virginia Beach, he served as Deputy Director for the Mecklenburg County NC Parks and Recreation Department, serving one million residents and the City of Charlotte and six towns. He has also worked for park districts in Illinois and Ohio, the American Samoa EPA, and started his career over 25 years ago as a Soil and Water Conservation District educator. He has a bachelor's and master’s degree in environmental studies, is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, and in 2019 was accepted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Michael is also an instructor at the National Park and Recreation Association Directors School, an exclusive two year professional development program for aspiring park and recreation directors.

Vacant

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.

Paul Neudigate was sworn in as chief of the Virginia Beach Police Department on October 13, 2020. He is a 30-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department where he held positions in all levels and areas of the department. He retired at the rank of assistant chief of the patrol bureau. Chief Neudigate is committed to applying intelligence-led data-driven strategies, using technology to enhance policing, and collaborating with other City departments and community groups to reduce crime and increase safety throughout the community. In addition to graduating from a variety of advanced executive leadership schools, he earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.

Kimberly B. Knight

Public Libraries

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

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.

L.J. Hansen, P.E.

Public Works

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.

Tam Nguyen

Office of Performance and Accountability

The Office of Performance and Accountability’s mission is to be a trusted resource for driving progress and results. The Office is responsible for leading enterprise-level strategic planning, performance management, and process improvements to bring about optimized service delivery, increased accountability supported by data, and greater transparency about goals and corresponding efforts.

Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Cynthia Spanoulis, is the Director of the Virginia Aquarium. Additionally, she is the Executive Director for the Virginia Aquarium Foundation. Cynthia graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Political Science and Urban Affairs/ Planning, and also holds a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Real Estate and Retail Development School from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Certificate in Negations from Harvard University. She is also an accredited member of the public relations profession. In 2004 Cynthia was the recipient of the City of Virginia Beach Employee of the Year, and in 2007, Cynthia was recognized by Inside Business as a “Top 40 Under 40” recipient. In 2012, the Virginia Beach Rotary recognized Cynthia as the City of Virginia Beach Outstanding City Employee of the Year. In 2019 She was recognized by Inside Business as Hampton Roads top Women in Business. Prior work experience includes working in the United States House of Representatives for Representative Amory Houghton of the 29th District in New York State as a legislative aide

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