City Council

Overview


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 seven-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. The City Manager is appointed by the Council as full-time administrator of the City government.

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Current City Council

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The current City Council. Top row: Mayor David Tarter and Vice Mayor Marybeth Connelly. Bottom row: Phil Duncan, Letty Hardi, Debbie Hiscott, Ross Litkenhous, and David Snyder.

Members


The seven Council Members are elected at-large for four-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 staggered terns. With the seating of a new Council, the Council members elect the Mayor and Vice Mayor for a two-year term. For information about running for a seat on City Council, please contact the Office of Voter Registration and Elections.

Council Members are often career professionals holding down full-time jobs. In addition to attending 22 Council meetings and 22 work sessions each year, they attend meetings of local boards and commissions and regional organizations. Members also serve on committees of state and regional organizations and participate in the Virginia Municipal League.
Dan Sze

In Memory of Dan Sze

Council Member Dan Sze passed away in July 2020. In August, Council Member Sze was honored by the Virginia State Legislature and City Council in proclamations. Virginia Town and City Magazine profiled him in the August 2020 issue (page 3).

He is remembered for being a champion for environmentally friendly design and construction, as well as a long and fulfilling career in local and federal government.