Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
The Mayor of the City of Richmond, Virginia is head of the executive branch of Richmond, Virginia's city government. The mayor's office administers all city services, public property, police and fire protection, most public agencies, and enforces all city, state and federal laws within Richmond, Virginia.
|Mayor of the City of Richmond, Virginia|
|Term length||Four years|
|Inaugural holder||William Foushee|
The mayor looks over a city budget at roughly $765 million a year.
The mayor of Richmond contains a multi-member cabinet of advisers that assist the mayor on city policy decisions. The following individuals are part of Stoney's cabinet.
|Senior Policy Advisor for Innovation||Jon Baliles||Democratic||January 19, 2017|
|Senior Policy Advisor for Engagement||Lisa Speller-Davis||Democratic||January 19, 2017|
|Senior Policy Advisor for Opportunity||Thad Williamson||Democratic||January 19, 2017|
|Senior Assistant to the Mayor||Rushawna Senior||Democratic||January 19, 2017|
History of the officeEdit
In May 1782, Virginia General Assembly expressed desire to move inland, to a place less exposed to British incursions than Williamsburg. Richmond had been made the temporary capital after urging from Thomas Jefferson years earlier, and it was soon decided to make the move permanent.
Two months later, on July 2, a charter was written up, and the city was incorporated. Twelve men were to be elected from the City at-large and were to select one of their own to act as Mayor, another to serve as Recorder and four to serve as Aldermen. The remaining six were to serve as members of the Common Council. All positions had term limits of three years, with the exception of the mayor who could only serve one year consecutively. A vote was held at a meeting the following day, and Dr. William Foushee, Sr. was chosen as the first mayor.
In March 1851, the decision was made to replace the original Richmond City Charter. It was decided that all city officials were to be popularly elected. After the 12-year tenure of William Lambert and his short-term replacement by recorder Samuel C. Pulliam, elections were held, with Joseph C. Mayo coming out on top.
The system set forth by the Second City Charter worked as long as the City was small and most voters knew personally, the qualifications of the men for whom they were voting and the requirements for the jobs to which they were elected.
Beginning in 1948, Richmond eliminated the popularly elected mayor's office, and instituted a council-manager form of government. This lasted until 2004, when the City Charter was changed once again, bringing back the popularly elected mayor. Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder was elected mayor that year. Of Virginia's 38 cities, only Richmond does not have a council-manager form of government.
- Chief Administrative Officer
- Department of Economic and Community Development
- Department of Finance
- Department of Public Works
- Department of Human Resources
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Information Technology
- Department of Justice Services
- Departments of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
- Department of Planning and Zoning Review
- Department of Procurement Services
- Department of Public Utilities
- Department of Public Works
- Department of Social Services
- Office of Budget and Strategic Planning
- Office of Minority Business Development
- Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
- Office of the Mayor
- Office of the Press Secretary
- Richmond Fire Department
- Richmond Police Department
- Richmond Public Library
- Richmond Public Schools
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- "Mayor Levar M. Stoney Announces Administration Appointments". City of Richmond Blog. City of Richmond. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
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- Potterfield, Tyler (2009). Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 1596294159. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- Avellino, Kelly (February 9, 2017). "Richmond Mayor Stoney replaces Fire Chief, several other department heads". WWBT. nbc12.com. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "City of Richmond - Organization of the Local Government - 2010-11" (PDF). City of Richmond, Virginia. richmondgov.com. Retrieved April 7, 2017.