The City of Falls Church operates under the Council-Manager form of government as provided by the City Charter and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1950. Political authority is vested in the 7 member City Council, which enacts ordinances and resolutions, approves City budgets, sets tax rates, and establishes policy. In formulating decisions and policy, the Council Members act as a group.
Current Falls Church City Council. Seated, left to right: David Snyder, Mayor David Tarter, Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly. Standing, left to right: Letty Hardi, Dan Sze, Phil Duncan, Karen Oliver.
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The 7 Council Members are elected at-large for 4 year terms and are not affiliated with any national political party. Elections of City Council Members are held in November of odd-numbered years for 3 or 4 members. With the seating of a new Council, the Council members elect the Mayor and Vice Mayor for a 2 year term.
Council Members are career professionals holding down full-time jobs during the day. In addition to attending a minimum of 22 Council meetings and 22 work sessions each year, they attend meetings of local boards and commissions and regional organizations. Several Council Members also serve on committees of state and regional organizations and participate in the Virginia Municipal League.