Google Translate Logo / Image
+ A

City Council

Due to COVID-19, we are taking actions to minimize attendance at City Council meetings. All City Council meetings will be broadcasted through our Facebook and then uploaded to the City's YouTube channel afterwards. If you are unable to view the meeting through either platform, the meeting audio is being recorded and will be posted the following day to the City’s website.
**If you would like to attend the Zoom meeting, please email Jani Hostetter at jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov to get an invitation.**

If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to City Council, we strongly encourage you to submit that information in writing, rather than appear at our meeting. If you wish to submit information, please submit those comments/statements by email: jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov, U.S. Mail: 300 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450 or to the City Hall dropbox (located on the back side of City Hall facing the parking lot) with City Manager written on the outside.  Contact information for individual members of City Council can be found below under "Meet Your Council."

Please contact Jani Hostetter at jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov or (540)462-3700, if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
We have partnered with iCompass and are pleased to introduce our Council Portal. The portal increases transparency by enabling our citizens to learn about meetings, search for documents, view reports, and more!
Within our Portal, you can:
  • Search for documents in our online library
  • Subscribe to meetings that interest you
  • View upcoming and past meetings using the Calendar
  • Review agendas and minutes within the Meeting area
Click the button below to access our portal!

Regular Meetings

The City Council meets every first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., in the Waddell Elementary School Cafeteria (100 Pendleton Place, Lexington). 

City Council 2021 Regular Meeting Schedule

Meeting packets, Minutes & Meeting Audio

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. If you would like a meeting packet, set of minutes or audio that's not available on the City's website, please contact the City Clerk at (540)462-3700 or jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov. You can also subscribe to receive notifications for when Meeting Packets are released.


Current City Council members are listed under Elected Officials.

About City Council

The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the city. It is composed of six residents who are elected at large. The mayor, who is independently elected, is the presiding officer.

The responsibilities of the City Council include:

  • Enacting ordinances, resolutions, and orders necessary for the proper governing of the city's affairs
  • Reviewing and adopting the annual budget
  • Reviewing and deciding on recommendations from various boards and commissions
  • Appointing a city manager, city attorney, clerk of council, and residents to various boards and commissions
  • Establishing policies and measures to promote the general welfare of the city and safety and health of its residents
  • Representing the city at official functions and with other organizations

View the 2020 City Council Handbook for more information.

Strategic Plan

The Lexington Strategic Plan was adopted by City Council on January 3, 2019.

In early 2017, City Council began the creation of a new Strategic Plan. Council worked over the course of several months with an experienced consultant to develop a strategic vision, and city staff presented research on the elements of this strategic vision in the form of Policy Briefs in November 2017. In February of 2018, community members chosen by Council began working in volunteer groups to define action steps and provide perspective on Council-created goals. After reviewing the action steps, Council voted on the final document in January of 2019.