R. Scott Silverthorne is serving his second term as mayor.
Silverthorne previously served nine full terms on the City Council, from 1990-2008, and a partial term from 2011-2012.
As Mayor, Silverthorne has led the City Council to make some very strategic decisions, notably, the decision to partner with Fairfax County Water Authority, and to begin a comprehensive overhaul of the city’s zoning ordinance. He has played an active role on many issues in the community, including economic development, tax and budget matters and public safety.
Silverthorne was the lead sponsor of the city's successful open space referendum in 2000, which created a dedicated funding source for preservation of open space and added an additional 45 acres of open space for future generations to enjoy in the City of Fairfax. He also served as co-chair of the city’s bicentennial celebration in 2005.
As Mayor, Silverthorne represents the city on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.
A native of Fairfax, Silverthorne received a degree in business administration in 1988 from Radford University.
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