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VML Past Presidents

*According to the history of VML compiled by Mr. Morton Wallerstein, the Virginia Municipal League was organized in 1905 by Mr. S. R. Buxton, City Attorney of Newport News.  Mr. L. C. Brinson, Auditor for the City of Portsmouth served as Secretary from 1905 to 1921.  Mr. Wallerstein served as Executive Secretary of the League for 20 years and then became General Counsel of VML. For the years from 1906 to 1923, the League held frequent conferences, but no formal conventions or elections were held until 1924.

*1905 – 1906   S. R. Buxton, City Attorney, City of Newport News
1922 – 1923     John W. Moore, Council Member, City of Richmond
1923 – 1924     J. P. Jervey, City Manager, City of Portsmouth
1924 – 1925     W. P. Hunter, City Manager, City of Roanoke
1925 – 1925     E. A. Beck, City Manager, City of Lynchburg
1925 – 1926     C. C. Smith, Mayor, City of Newport News
1926 – 1927     L. J. Houston, City Manager, City of Fredericksburg
1927 – 1928     Charles D. Fox, Mayor, City of Roanoke
1928 – 1929     C. B. Borland, Director of Public Safety, City of Norfolk
1929 – 1930     Paul Morton, City Manager, City of Petersburg
1930 – 1931     R. W. B. Hart, City Manager, City of Lynchburg
1931 – 1932     J. F. Bright, Mayor, City of Richmond
1932 – 1933     Harry P. Davis, Mayor, City of Manassas
1933 – 1934     R. W. West, Mayor, City of Newport News
1934 – 1935     E. M. Stull, Council Member, City of Covington
1935 – 1936     John R. Jolly, Mayor, City of Petersburg
1936 – 1937     A. M. Schewel, Council Member, City of Lynchburg
1937 – 1938     James V. Bickford, Mayor, City of Hampton
1938 – 1939     Seth Burnley, City Manager, City of Charlottesville
1939 – 1940     H. W. Robertson, Mayor, City of Covington
1940 – 1941     W. Marshall King, Mayor, City of Fredericksburg
1941 – 1942     D. Lane Elder, Mayor, City of Hopewell
1942 – 1943     I. G. Vass, City Manager, City of Waynesboro
1943 – 1944     Alexander Hamilton, Jr., Mayor, City of Petersburg
1944 – 1945     Charles B. Borland, City Manager, City of Norfolk
1945 – 1946     W. B. Carter, Council Member, City of Roanoke
1946 – 1947     T. W. Preston, Mayor, City of Bristol
1947 – 1948     W. C. Fitzpatrick, Mayor, Town of Farmville
1948 – 1949     Leslie T. Fox, Mayor, City of Portsmouth
1949 – 1950     J. Hudson Huffard, Council Member, Town of Bluefield
1950 – 1951     J. C. Biggins, City Manager, City of Newport News
1951 – 1952     Mifflin B. Clowe, Jr., Mayor, City of Winchester
1952 – 1953     Everett E. Carter, Council Member, City of Danville
1953 – 1954     W. Stirling King, Council Member, City of Richmond
1954 – 1955     C. M. Cowan, Mayor, City of Fredericksburg
1955 – 1956     Ira F. Willard, City Manager, City of Alexandria
1956 – 1957     B. E. Ball, Mayor, City of Norton
1957 – 1958     Harry B. Dyche, Mayor, City of Luray
1958 – 1959     James I. Moyer, Mayor, City of Salem
1959 – 1960     W. F. Duckworth, Mayor, City of Norfolk
1960 – 1961     Roy L. Webber, Council Member, City of Roanoke
1961 – 1962     Robert D. Morrison, City Manager, City of Lynchburg
1962 – 1963     E. Lewis Knowles, Mayor, City of Staunton
1963 – 1964     R. William Arthur, Town Attorney, Town of Wytheville
1964 – 1965     C. V. Jackson, Mayor, Town of Pulaski
1965 – 1966     Horace B. Edwards, City Manager, City of Richmond
1966 – 1967     James M. Duncan, Jr., Council Member, City of Alexandria
1967 – 1968     George B. Anderson, Vice Mayor, City of Danville
1968 – 1969     Roy B. Martin, Jr., Mayor, City of Norfolk
1969 – 1970     Julian F. Hirst, City Manager, City of Roanoke
1970 – 1971     Harry Parrish, Mayor, City of Manassas
1971 – 1972     George F. Lee, Mayor, City of Emporia
1972 – 1973     Carl Stark, Mayor, Town of Wytheville
1973 – 1974     Jack P. Barnes, Mayor, City of Portsmouth
1974 – 1975     C. Clay Harrell, Manager, Town of Vienna
1975 – 1976     Thomas J. Bliley, Mayor, City of Richmond
1976 – 1977     Ann Kilgore, Mayor, City of Hampton
1977 – 1978     R. L. Light, Jr., Mayor, City of Bristol
1978 – 1979     Jessie M. Rattley, Council Member, City of Newport News
1979 – 1980     Roy Erickson, Mayor, City of Harrisonburg
1980 – 1981     Harold S. Atkinson, City Manager, City of Franklin
1981 – 1982     Raymond Ratcliffe, Mayor, Town of Pulaski
1982 – 1983     Francis T. West, Mayor, City of Martinsville
1983 – 1984     Charles A. Robinson, Jr., Mayor, Town of Vienna
1984 – 1985     Lawrence A. Davies, Mayor, City of Fredericksburg
1985 – 1986     Samuel W. Adams, Council Member, City of Emporia
1986 – 1987     Martha V. Pennino, Vice Chairman, County of Fairfax
1987 – 1988     Noel C. Taylor, Mayor, City of Roanoke
1988 – 1989     J. Willard Lineweaver, Mayor, Town of Warrenton
1989 – 1990     Jack D. Edwards, Board Member, County of James City
1990 – 1991     Frances Parsons, Council Member, Town of Blacksburg
1991 – 1992     William R. Hartz, Mayor, Town of Waverly
1992 – 1993     L. D. Oakes, Mayor, City of Martinsville
1993 – 1994     John Lemley, Town Manager, Town of Christiansburg
1994 – 1995     Josephine Marshall, Mayor, Town of South Boston
1995 – 1996     Meyera Oberndorf, Mayor, City of Virginia Beach
1996 – 1997     James Harris, M.D., Mayor, Town of Blackstone
1997 – 1998     Katherine Hanley, Council Chair, County of Fairfax
1998 – 1999     Earl Reynolds, City Manager, City of Martinsville
1999 – 2000     John Hamlin, Mayor, City of Danville
2000 – 2001     Trent Crewe, Mayor, Town of Wytheville
2001 – 2002     F. Woodrow Harris, Vice Mayor, City of Emporia
2002 – 2003     Joyce K. Lewis, Council Member, Town of Blacksburg
2003 – 2004     Turner M. Spencer, Council Member, City of Hampton
2004 – 2005     Thomas L. Starnes, Mayor, City of Radford
2005 – 2006     French H. Moore, Jr., Council Member, Town of Abingdon
2006 – 2007     Rayetta Webb, Council Member, Town of Altavista
2007 – 2008     Jay Fisette, Supervisor, County of Arlington
2008 – 2009     Michael Polychrones, Council Member, Town of Vienna
2009 – 2010     Lance Terpenny, Town Manager, Town of Floyd
2010 – 2011     James Councill, III, Mayor, City of Franklin
2011 – 2012     Rosemary Wilson, Council Member, City of Virginia Beach
2012 – 2013     Ed Daley, City Manager, City of Hopewell
2013 – 2014     David Helms, Mayor, Town of Marion
2014 – 2015     William D. Euille, Mayor, City of Alexandria
2015 – 2016     Ron Rordam, Mayor, Town of Blacksburg
2016 – 2017     Robert K. Coiner, Mayor, Town of Gordonsville
2017 – 2018     Patricia P. Woodbury, Council Member, City of Newport News
2018 – 2019     Anita James Price, Council Member, City of Roanoke
2019 – 2020     Thomas R. Smigiel, Jr., Council Member, City of Norfolk
2020 – 2021     Willie Greene, Mayor, City of Galax
2021 – 2022     Jon Stehle, Councilmember, City of Fairfax
2022 – 2023     Jill Carson, Councilmember, Town of Pennington Gap (deceased January, 2023)