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Posted on: October 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Councilman Tommy Smigiel Installed as Virginia Municipal League President

Smigiel is first representative from Norfolk in 50 years to serve as VML President

NORFOLK, VA – On Oct. 8, Councilman Thomas Smigiel, Ward 5, was installed as the 100th president of the Virginia Municipal League (VML). Mr. Smigiel will lead a slate of new and returning officers recently appointed to VML’s executive committee. The new leadership was effective at the League’s annual conference and business meeting held in Roanoke, Va. The Executive Committee is elected by the VML membership each October.

VML Executive Director Michelle Gowdy shares, “VML is pleased to welcome Tommy as our new president. The staff and I look forward to working with him on behalf of our member localities during this year.”

The full slate of the Executive Committee includes:


Thomas R. Smigiel Jr.

Council Member, City of Norfolk


Willie Greene

Council Member, City of Galax

Vice President

Jon Stehle

Council Member, City of Fairfax

At-Large Member

Jill Carson

Vice-Mayor, Town of Pennington Gap

At-Large Member

Laurie DiRocco

Mayor, Town of Vienna

At-Large Member

Bridge Littleton

Mayor, Town of Middleburg

At-Large Member

Sean Polster

Council Member, Town of Warrenton

At-Large Member

Chuckie Reid

Vice-Mayor, Town of Farmville

At-Large Member

Bill Rush

Town Manager, Town of Marion

City Section Chair

Charlie L. Frye Jr.

Council Member, City of Fredericksburg

Town Section Chair

Lisa Merkel

Mayor, Town of Herndon

Urban Section Chair

John Rowe

Mayor, City of Portsmouth

Immediate Past President

Anita James Price

Council Member, City of Roanoke

The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and country governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education, and other services. Membership includes 160 towns and eight counties. VML is governed by the Executive Committee, which is made up of local government officials. The committee provides guidance to a 14-member league staff.

Several members of Norfolk’s City Council attended the VML Conference and annual business meeting. Each fall local government officials, speakers, and exhibitors from across the state attend the VML Annual Conference. The conference includes general sessions featuring political leaders and local government experts, the adoption of the annual VML legislative program, and the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state.

Next fall, Norfolk will host the Annual Conference, bringing more than 1,000 attendees and participants to the area.

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