Mayor of Charlottesville
The Mayor of Charlottesville is selected from among the five members of the Charlottesville City Council. The position is largely ceremonial, though the Mayor does have the power to set the agenda for Council meetings.
Charlottesville held its first mayoral election in 1854 when the position was separate from City Council; this lasted until 1888 when the city was incorporated.  Charlottesville's first mayor was R.F. Harris.
With the 1922 election, the city abandon the method of electing their mayor at-large and their councilmembers by wards. From 1922 to 1928 the city adopted the commission-manager form of government by which the three member commission was elected at-large as the legislative body; from among the commission, the commission elected the mayor. The city operated under a county-like structure with a city council vested with both legislative and executive authority with each commissioner/councilman also heading an executive department. The commission appointed a business manager
- Prior to September 1, 1922, the City of Charlottesville utilized a strong mayor-council government. In this form of municipal government, the council (elected from 4 wards) served as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor (elected at-large) served as the city's chief executive.
From 1928 to present, the city has operated under the council-manager form of government, featuring five members elected at-large, a mayor, who officially represents the city on the state, national, and international levels. However, unlike in a strong mayor-council government, the mayor is a regular voting member of city council with little or no legal privileges that may distinguish them from other council members.
List of mayors - current form of government
Since 1922, under the commission and the council-manager forms of government, the mayoralty and city council hold the same offices. The president of the council serves as mayor and is first among equals on the city council, which acts as a legislative body while executive functions are performed by the appointed city manager. The mayor chairs the city council meetings, but lacks any special legislative powers. The mayor and city council serve part-time, with day-to-day administration in the hands of a professional city manager.
- Prior to 1922, under the mayor-council system, the mayoralty and city council were separate offices.
- See also: List of City Councilors
|Form||#||Council President (mayor)||Term start||Term end||Terms||Party|
|Commission||1||John R. Morris||September 1, 1922||August 31, 1924||1||Democratic|
|Commission||2||J. Y. Brown||September 1, 1924||August 31, 1930||3||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||3||Fred L. Watson||September 1, 1930||August 31, 1932||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||4||F. W. Twyman||September 1, 1932||August 31, 1934||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||5||W. Dan Haden||September 1, 1934||August 31, 1938||3||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||6||George T. Huff||September 1, 1938||August 31, 1940||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||(5)||W. Dan Haden||September 1, 1940||August 31, 1942||3||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||7||J. E. Gleason||September 1, 1942||August 31, 1944||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||8||Roscoe S. Adams||September 1, 1944||August 31, 1946||2||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||9||Gus K. Tebell||September 1, 1948||August 31, 1950||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||10||Strother F. Hamm||September 1, 1950||August 31, 1952||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||11||William R. Hill||September 1, 1952||August 31, 1954||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||12||Sol B. Weinberg||September 1, 1954||August 31, 1956||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||13||R. M. Davis||September 1, 1956||August 31, 1958||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||14||Thomas J. Michie||September 1, 1958||August 31, 1960||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||15||Louis L. Scribner||September 1, 1960||August 31, 1962||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||16||Bernard J. Haggerty||September 1, 1962||August 31, 1964||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||17||Lindsey B. Mount||September 1, 1964||August 31, 1966||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||18||Burkett A. Reynolds||September 1, 1966||August 31, 1968||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||19||"Dutch" Vogt||September 1, 1968||August 31, 1970||1||Republican|
|Council-Manager||20||Mitchell Van Yahres||September 1, 1970||August 31, 1972||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||21||Francis H. Fife||July 1, 1972||June 30, 1974||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||22||Charles Barbour||July 1, 1974||June 30, 1976||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||23||Nancy K. O'Brien||July 1, 1976||June 30, 1978||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||24||Laurence Brunton||July 1, 1978||June 30, 1980||1||Republican|
|Council-Manager||25||Frank Buck||July 1, 1980||August 31, 1988||4||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||26||"Bitsy" Waters||September 1, 1988||August 31, 1990||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||27||Alvin Edwards||September 1, 1990||August 31, 1992||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||28||Tom Vandever||September 1, 1992||August 31, 1994||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||29||David Toscano||September 1, 1994||August 31, 1996||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||30||Kay Slaughter||September 1, 1996||August 31, 1998||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||31||Virginia Daugherty||July 1, 1998||July 3, 2000||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||32||Blake Caravati||July 3, 2000||July 1, 2002||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||33||Maurice Cox||July 1, 2002||July 1, 2004||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||34||David Brown||July 1, 2004||January 7, 2008||2||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||35||Dave Norris||January 7, 2008||January 3, 2012||2||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||36||Satyendra Huja||January 3, 2012||December 31, 2015||2||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||37||Mike Signer||January 1, 2016||December 31, 2017||1||Democratic|
|Council-Manager||38||Nikuyah Walker||January 1, 2018||2||Independent|
- Web. Charlottesville Urban Design and Affordable Housing, Kenneth A. Schwarz, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, retrieved November 29, 2012.
- Web. Yesteryears: For Charlottesville's first mayor, Christmas season 1886 ended with a bang, David Maurer, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, retrieved December 8, 2013.