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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Christiansburg mayor re-elected; two incumbents and newcomer get council seats

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Christiansburg Mayor Mike Barber was re-elected on Nov. 7 for another four-year term. He had campaigned against newcomer Roger Woolwine. 

There were also three open Town Council seats on the ballot. Newcomers Merissa Sachs and Jonathon Taylor, along with incumbents Brad Stipes and Steve Huppert, campaigned for the spots. Sachs, Stipes and Huppert were elected.  

Christiansburg Town Council is comprised of six voting members and a mayor who votes only in the event of a tie. Each member is elected to a four-year term, with three seats being open for election every two years. Likewise, the mayor’s seat is filled every four years by general election. All members of council serve at large. 

In 2018, the members of Christiansburg Town Council will be:

D. Michael Barber 
Samuel M. Bishop
Harry Collins
Steve Huppert 
Merissa Sachs
Henry Showalter 
Bradford J. "Brad" Stipes 

Cord Hall, who currently sits on Town Council, chose not to run for re-election.

In the council-manager form of government, the council appoints a town manager to act as administrative head of the Town. The town manager carries out policies established by council, directs business procedures, and has hiring and termination authority over all Town employees except the chief of police, town clerk, and town treasurer, who are also appointed by the council. The town manager is responsible for preparing, submitting, and administering an annual operating budget, advising council on Town affairs, enforcing the Town Charter and laws of the Town, and directing and supervising all Town departments. 

The council, in its legislative role, adopts all ordinances and resolutions and establishes the general policies of the Town. The council also sets the real estate tax rate, approves and adopts the annual operating budget, and is responsible for the appointment of Planning Commission members who are also appointed to four-year terms. 
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