City Council & Committees

Mailing Address:
501 Virginia Street, E.
Charleston, WV 25301

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Charleston City Council

Charleston City Council represents the interests of their constituents by responding to inquiries, suggestions and complaints regarding City programs and services. They govern through legislative, administrative, and financial powers and have the ability to levy taxes, enact resolutions, and exercise budgetary and policy control over city departments.

The 26 Council Members are elected by ward for four-year terms with 20 members representing various wards as determined by ward boundaries and 6 At-Large members serving the entire City. Council has both Majority and Minority Leaders, who are selected by their respective parties during party caucuses. The President Pro-Tempore is elected by the entire City Council.

Charleston City Council meets on the First and Third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and may hold additional meetings and all are open to the public. Meetings are published on this website along with agendas.

Standing committees include Finance, Planning, Parks and Recreation, Streets and Traffic, Environmental and Recycling, Urban Renewal, Public Safety, Ordinances and Rules, Council Committee on City Employees, Civil Service Procedures and the Cemetery Committee.

To request City Council or Committee meeting schedules, wards or any related information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (304) 348-8179.

Council Members

Ward Council Person Committee(s) Contact Information
1

Bernard Slater (D)

  • Environment & Recycling
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Ordinance and Rules

1801 7th Ave.
Charleston, WV 25387 
H: (304) 421-1662
brutusjr@gmail.com

2

Bobby Haas (D)

  • Environment & Recycling
  • Planning
  • Streets and Traffic, Vice Chair

1586 Sugar Creek Drive
Charleston, WV 25387 
H: (304) 345-2236
bobbyhaas1586@yahoo.com

3

Chuck Overstreet (D)

  • Environment and Recycling
  • Public Safety
  • Streets & Traffic

934 Mathews Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
H: (304) 346-9417
covers6053@aol.com

4

Rev. James Ealy (D)

  • Finance
  • Ordinance and Rules
  • Urban Renewal

1402 First Avenue
Charleston, WV 25312
H: (304) 343-6360
O: (304) 343-5240
F: (304) 343-5250
jamesealy@hotmail.com

5

Jeanine Faegre (D)

  • Facilities
  • Urban Renewal
  • Streets & Traffic

1105 Highland Rd.
Charleston, WV 25302
H: (304) 342-2218
jfaegre@hotmail.com

6

Edward Talkington (D)

  • Environment & Recycling, Chair
  • Facilities
  • Finance

612 Hall Street
Charleston, WV 25302
H: (304) 342-4020
O: (304) 545-5162
ed.talkington@cityofcharleston.org

7

 Archie Chestnut (D)
 

  • Facilities
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Streets and Traffic

24 Downing Street
Charleston, WV 25301
C: (304) 345-2724
archiechestnut@frontier.com

8

Cubert Smith (I)

  • Environmental and Recycling
  • Urban Renewal
  • Streets & Traffic

907 Scenic Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
H: (304) 342-1335
cuberts@yahoo.com

9

Mary Beth Hoover (D)

  • Ordinance and Rules
  • Planning
  • Streets and Traffic, Chair

28 A Ruffner Avenue
Charleston, WV 25311
H: (304) 543-4082
hoovermb74@hotmail.com

10

Keeley Steele (D)

  • Environment & Recycling
  • Public Safety
  • Urban Renewal

501 Virginia St., E
Charleston, WV 25301
H: (304) 250-9463
Ward10@repairwv.com

11

Shannon Snodgrass (D)

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Safety
  • Streets and Traffic

501 Virginia St. East
Charleston, WV 25301
W: (304) 545-2032
snodgrassshannon@aol.com

12

Susan Salisbury (R)

  • Parks & Recreation, Chair
  • Planning
  • Urban Renewal

906 Gordon Drive
Charleston, WV 25303
H: (304) 744-4038
susiesalis@aol.com

13

Brent Burton (R)

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Finance
  • Public Safety, Chair

31 Carriage Road
Charleston, WV 25314
H: (304) 541-0991
brent@csiwv.com

14

Courtney Persinger (R)

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Ordinance & Rules
  • Planning

1012 Glen Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
W: (304) 344-5200
H: (304) 344-1265
courtney.c.persinger@gmail.com

15

Samuel Minardi (D)

  • Facilities
  • Streets and Traffic
  • Environmental and Recycling

1526 Bedford Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
H: (304) 342-4685
O: (304) 343-4045
sam.minardi@gmail.com

16

Bobby Reishman (R)

  • Facilities, Chair
  • Finance, Chair
  • Public Safety

1409 Somerlayton Drive
Charleston, WV 25314
O: (304) 346-4643
F: (304) 352-5118
robert@reishman.com

17

John Miller (R)

  • Finance
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Safety

3508 Virginia Ave. 
Charleston, WV 25304
H: (304) 925-6486
C: (304) 545-7428
jhmiller@yahoo.com

18

Richard Burka (R)

  • Ordinance and Rules, Vice Chair
  • Streets and Traffic
  • Facilities

6534 Roosevelt Ave., SE 
Charleston, WV  25304
H: (304) 345-3548
O: (304) 925-7428
rburka@frontier.com

19

Jack Harrison (D)

  • Planning, Vice Chair
  • Ordinance & Rules, Chair
  • Finance, Vice Chair

1116 Shamrock Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
O: (304) 346-7000
jeh@goodwingoodwin.com

20

Mike Clowser (D)

  • Facilities
  • Ordinance and Rules
  • Environmental and Recycling, Vice Chair

42 Quarry Ridge
Charleston, WV  25304
H: (304) 345-0066
W: (304) 342-1166
mclowser@cawv.org

At-Large

Tom Lane (R)

  • Finance
  • Ordinance and Rules
  • Facilities Committee, Vice Chair

P.O. Box 1386 
Charleston,WV 25325
H: (304)-346-4478 
O: (304)-347-1111
tlane@bowlesrice.com

At-Large

Becky Ceperley (D)

  • Urban Renewal, Vice-Chair
  • Planning
  • Ordinance & Rules

1524 Stonehenge Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
H: 
O: 
ceperleyb@gmail.com

At-Large

Mary Jean Davis(D)

  • Finance
  • Planning, Chair
  • Public Safety

1527 Dogwood Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
C: (304) 546-5902
W: (304) 342-8303
maryjean_davis@yahoo.com

At-Large

Karan Ireland (D)

  • Finance
  • Environmental and Recycling
  • Public Safety

715 Helen Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
W: 
karan.ireland@gmail.com

At-Large

Andrew Richardson (D)

  • Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Planning

445 Kessinger Road
Charleston, WV 25314
H: (304) 345-1530
C: (304) 549-5597
O: (304) 556-1102
anr57@aol.com

At-Large

Jerry L. Ware (D)

  • Urban Renewal, Chair
  • Parks & Recreation, Vice Chair
  • Planning

702 Gordon Drive
Charleston, WV 25303

H: (304) 345-6319
C: (304) 421-1946
wareatlarge@suddenlink.net