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About the Town Government


The Town of Bethany officially began in 1853. It operates under its original Virginia Charter. Most of the town is an Historic District. The Town Council and the Mayor meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the newly remodeled Bethany Community Building located next to the town park.  Elected Town officials serve a two year term. Elections are held at the Community Center on the second Tuesday in June.  


Town of Bethany Officials

  • Mayor: Shirley Kemp (from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023).

  • Recorder: Steve Rothwell

  • Council Members (2021 to 2023): Jan Forsty, Sydma Hatzopoulos, Thomas Miller, Helen Moren, Patrick Sutherland.

  • Town Judge: Lorraine Eckard

  • Town Prosecutor John Kyle

  • Court Clerk Laura Kemp

  • Solicitor: Mark D. Panepinto

  • Treasurer:Mark Bolen

  • Chief of Police: Micah Knisley

  • Streets & Sanitation:  Mark Bolen, Manager & Sam Hubbard  E-mail at:

  • Greater Bethany Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief:  Edward Stough

Bethany Municipal Planning Commission

  • Current President: Robert Paysen

  • Vice President: To be named

  • Secretary: To be named

  • Members: , Bill Hicks, Harry Chambers (ex-officio), Thomas Miller, Laura Jacob

  • Ex-officio member (Events Coordinator): Brooke Deal

The Town of Bethany is an active member of the Business Development Corporation (BDC).

Mayor's Student Advisory Council

  • Whitney Abbott

  • Geoffrey Foster

  • Marci Mazza-Fredley

  • Sophie Money

  • Ian Nelson

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