R. Scott Silverthorne currently is serving his third term as Mayor of the City of Fairfax. Silverthorne previously served nine full terms on the City Council, from 1990-2008, and a partial term from 2011-12.
As Mayor, Silverthorne has pursued opportunities to make local government more efficient. Specifically, he has facilitated a review of regulatory burdens for starting or expanding businesses within the city and has been a strong advocate for a vibrant business community. Silverthorne supports strategic economic development initiatives; he has worked closely with residents and businesses to grow our local economy keeping the city competitive while maintaining the unique character and nature that makes Fairfax attractive to families. Silverthorne’s efforts have included the continued revitalization of the historic downtown and the redevelopment of aging commercial centers throughout the city.
The Mayor is a champion for quality of life issues as well. Under his tenure, parks, recreation and cultural activities in the city have flourished. Silverthorne was the lead sponsor of the city's successful open space referendum in 2000, which created a dedicated funding source for the preservation of open space and added an additional 45 acres of open space for future generations. Under Silverthorne’s leadership, and with the support of members of the City Council, the city developed the central Old Town Square Park. Situated in the heart of the city’s historic downtown, Old Town Square provides a place for social interaction, business promotion, and civic pride.
He also recognizes the importance of connecting communities. As Mayor, he strongly supports building more trails and sidewalks to encourage a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly community promoting a healthy lifestyle and cultivating a more livable city.
The Mayor represents the city on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, where he serves as chairman and vice chairman of each organization, respectively.
A native of Fairfax, Silverthorne received a degree in business administration in 1988 from Radford University.
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