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Charlottesville City Council, is the current governing body of the City of Charlottesville.

On December 19, 2019, three new members of the Charlottesville City Council were officially sworn in to take office on January 1, 2020. Lloyd Snook, Sena Magill and Michael Payne all took their oaths of office, filling the seats being vacated by Mike Signer, Wes Bellamy and Kathy Galvin.

For their first action, Nikuyah Walker won a second term in a 3-2 vote and Councilor Sena Magill was selected as vice mayor in a 4-1 vote. As Charlottesville is a city manager-weak mayor form of local government, the positions of mayor and vice mayor largely are ceremonial.

2019 election

The 2019 city elections occurred on Tuesday, [[November 5], 2019 for city council. The primary election was held on Tuesday, June 11]], 2019. Three of the five council seats were contested. None of the council incumbents ran for re-election.

Council’s configuration & power

From September 1, 1946 to present, the council has been composed of five councilors, one of whom serves as mayor. Each member is elected at-large, by voters to four-year, staggered terms, with elections held every two years. Council is in charge of policy oversight and hires a [city manager]] to run most city operations. Council’s configuration is defined by its city charter.

From of government

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Charlottesville operates under the Council-Manager form of government as granted by the Code of Virginia and the City Charter. From within council, by simple majority vote, the President (called mayor) and the Vice-president (called vice-mayor) of the Council are elected at the first regular meeting of the new term. The City Manager, among the City Officers appointed by the Council, acts as the Chief Executive Officer. The City Manager is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as carrying out policy decisions made by the City Council. Council-manager form with five at-large elected members of the city council; council president acting as mayor.Council’s configuration and powers are defined by its city charter. The City Council is composed of five members, including the Council President (mayor). Council has oversight power of the city manager’s hiring of some positions (refer to Chief of Police). Council’s configuration is defined by its approved by the General Assembly in 1946, gives Charlottesville a “council-manager” system in which the five elected members (Council) Council is in charge of policy oversight and some approval powers (refer to Chief of Police).

Relative to local populations, Charlottesville has one seat for every 8,700 residents.

non-partisan elections

As for historically under-represented groups, the city has about the same percentage of blacks in council as in the general populations; in Charlottesville, blacks makeup 18.3 percent of the population [1] and 20 percent of the council.

The council post videos of council meetings online as well as searchable databases of legislation. Council does not post members’ personal financial disclosure statements or lobbying records.

Charlottesville has one of the highest average salaries for council members in Virginia, $xx,xxx council, $xx,xxx mayor. Total budget including employee benefits Council consumes x.xx percent of city general-fund spending,

Budget per resident

Number of council employeesincluding members

Number of residents per council employee, including members

Charlottesville's average council tenure at the end of 2019 was xx.x years while first-term members held xx percent of the seats

Frank Buck had been in office 8 years, longer than any other Charlottesville City Council member since at least 1920, and xxx other members have served for more than xx years.

council consumes 1.01 percent of city general-fund spending

City population

Population Census (April 1, 2010): 43,475

According to the current data from U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts, the estimated population in 2018 was 48,117, which represents a 10.67% population growth since the last census.
The area within the city limits was 10.27 square miles, giving it a population density of about 4,600 people per square mile.


Three open council seats (previously held by Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick) were up at the last municipal election held on November 5, 2019, Kathy Galvin, Mike Signer and Wes Bellamy each declined to seek re-election.) See also 2019 election.thtee new members were chosen by the city voters - [[]], [[ ]] and [[]]; See also: 2019 election. The November 2019 municipal election will include three open seats on the city council. (Incumbent