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

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.

Linwood Branch

Lynnhaven District #5

Council Member Branch was appointed by the City Council on October 5, 2021, to fill the unexpired term for the Lynnhaven district seat vacated by James Wood. He had previously served as the Beach district representative to the Council from 1992-2002. Branch has also served on numerous boards and commissions spanning over three decades, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Virginia Beach Development Authority, Hampton Roads Transportation District Commission, City Landscaping Committee and Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission.

N.D. "Rocky" Holcomb

Kempsvillle District #2

Council Member 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 Kempsville District vacancy in August 2021 and will serve until a special election can be scheduled, likely November 2022.

Michael Berlucchi

Councilmember, Rose Hall District #3

Council Member Michael Berlucchi was elected on November 5, 2019 and re-elected on November 3, 2020 to serve as the Rose Hall District representative. He was born and raised in Virginia Beach and is a graduate of First Colonial High School, George Mason University, the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the CIVIC Leadership Institute at Old Dominion University. He is the community relations manager for the Chrysler Museum of Art, where he creates and implements educational and community partnerships designed to expand and diversify museum audiences, particularly among underserved constituencies.

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 in Virginia Beach. On November 3, 2020, Council member Sabrina Wooten was re-elected as the first African American to serve a second term ever on Virginia Beach City Council. She is a native of Stuttgart, Germany, but grew up in Hampton Roads and has lived in Virginia Beach for over 15 years. Her passions include combatting poverty, advocating for local businesses and homelessness and protecting our natural resources and quality of life. Sabrina brings seventeen years of business, leadership and administrative experience in the private and non-profit sectors.

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

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.

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.

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).

Taylor Adams

Deputy City Manager

Taylor oversees the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cultural Affairs, Economic Development and Resort Management Office. 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.

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 the Aquarium 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.

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.

Nancy Helman

Interim Director for 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.

Danielle Progen

Emergency Management

Danielle Progen was appointed Emergency Management Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management in December 2020 and is responsible for promoting a comprehensive emergency management program to mitigate the community’s impacts from manmade, natural, or technological disasters and potential catastrophic incidents through robust mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies.

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.

Fire Chief David Hutcheson is a 30-year veteran of the Virginia Beach Fire Department (VBFD). He was chosen as the department’s fifth Fire Chief on June 8, 2017. Chief Hutcheson is an original member of Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search & Rescue Team (VA-TF2) and is currently the sponsoring agency chief for the Team. In addition to completing his Masters of Homeland Security from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Post Graduate School, he is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Hutcheson is a member of multiple professional organizations including the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association where he currently serves on the Executive Board as the president and co-chairs the annual Fire and Rescue Conference. Chief Hutcheson has been a long-term volunteer for the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) and is currently a member of their Executive Board.

Andrew Friedman

Housing and Neighborhood Preservation

Andrew Friedman has been the Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation since 1993. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of department operations including over 90 staff and a budget of over $33 million. Services provided by the department include city-wide code enforcement, city-wide housing rehabilitation programs, administration of over 2,300 housing choice vouchers, administration of multiple Federal grants, and coordination of city-wide homelessness activities. He was responsible for the development of the city’s Housing Resource Center, a one-stop shop for homeless services, and oversees its ongoing operation. He received a B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Regina Hilliard

Human Resources

Regina S. Hilliard became the City’s Director of Human Resources in July 2010. 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.

Bobby Tajan

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.

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.

Monica Croskey Chaparro

Office of Performance and Accountability

The Office of Performance and Accountability’s mission is to be a trusted resource for driving progress and results. Monica Croskey Chaparro was appointed Assistant City Manager for Performance in May 2021 and is responsible for overseeing 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. Monica earned a Master of Public Administration from the School of Government at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Winthrop University where she graduated with honors.

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

Melissa Zibutis

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!

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