2020-22 Mayor, City Council, and School Board
The City of Fairfax Mayor-elect, City Council-elect and School Board-elect were sworn in to office electronically on June 30. The 2020-22 term begins July 1.
Mayor and City Council
David L. Meyer is serving his third term as Mayor.
Meyer served five terms on the City Council (2008-17). As a Councilmember, Meyer served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), as well as on the MWCOG Transportation Planning Board.
Meyer has served on the board of directors of Historic Fairfax City, Inc. and is a co-author of the book Fairfax, Virginia: A City Traveling Through Time. He was a member of the Livable City Task Force and the City of Fairfax Bicentennial Committee, and he served as president of the Old Lee Hills Civic Association. He was on the design committee for Daniels Run Elementary School and served as president of the Fairfax High School PTSA.
A city resident since 1981, he is an Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Advisor for Troop 187 at Fairfax United Methodist Church, where he is also an active member. He has supported and participated in service mission teams for the Appalachia Service Project. Meyer has also served as a Trustee of Randolph-Macon College.
Meyer retired in 2016 from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he was a career member of the Senior Executive Service and was awarded the commission’s Meritorious Service Award. He earned a B.A. in political science from Randolph-Macon College and an M.P.A. from American University. Meyer also attended the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville and the Executive Education Program at the Kennedy School of Government in Boston.
Joseph D. Harmon is serving his first term on City Council.
He has served on the Industrial Development Authority, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (where he served as board chair), and the Planning Commission. He currently works as an Information Technology Project Manager for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
A city resident since 1996, Harmon is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a certified planning commissioner, and small business owner. He also has served as a basketball coach with the Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) and the Fairfax Stars AAU.
Originally from Washington state, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and M.B.A. from Averett University.
So P. Lim is serving her second term on City Council.
She serves on the board of George Mason University's School of Visual and Performing Arts and is a member of the President's Advisory Council for George Mason University's Korean Campus.
A city resident since 2001, Lim is president of the U.S. chapter of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), a branch of World Taekwondo Foundation, that works with refugee camp children to teach the values and principles of Taekwondo. She also has served as president of the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The Farrcroft resident earned her medical technology certification from the Temple School of Technology, as well as Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow Designation from the American College of Financial Services.
Lim is the owner and operator of Lim’s Insurance Agency, in operation since 1992 and located in the city since 1997. During her career with Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services, she has earned numerous awards, including: the President's Awards, Championship Awards, Community Service Awards, and Top Producer Award in Commercial & Financial Products.
Janice B. Miller is serving her fifth term on City Council.
She served her first term on City Council from 1992-94, and was elected for her second term in 2014.
Miller serves on numerous regional boards, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Human Services & Public Safety Policy Committee and the Virginia Municipal League Human Development and Education Committee.
A resident of the city since 1970, Miller was first appointed to the School Board in 1977 and she served 11 years as an appointed member. During her 30-year tenure on the board, she was an active leader both as board chairman and vice chair. She also provided leadership to both School Bond Committees that supported additions and renovations to our four city school facilities.
Miller has served as the secretary for the Friends of Fairfax and as a member of the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA). She is a member of Historic Fairfax City, Inc. and Historic Fairfax Neighborhood Association.
Previously, she represented the School Board as a member of the City’s Park and Recreation Advisory Board. She has been active in local PTAs and youth organizations, serving as the first woman president of Fairfax Little League and assisting in organizing activities for FPYC. She was a founding member of Northern Virginia Project Graduation and she initiated Fairfax High School’s All Night Grad Celebration and organized the graduation night event for the Fairfax High Classes of 1988, 1989 and 1994. She is a past chairman and member of the Board of Directors for the Chocolate Lovers Festival Committee.
Miller, a graduate of the University of Kansas, is a former middle school teacher. She works as a travel consultant for The Travel Gals, a virtual travel agency.
D. Thomas Ross is serving his first term on City Council.
He is a member of the Fairfax City Citizens for Smarter Growth, and has served on the Planning Commission (three years as chair), the Fairfax 2020 Commission, and the Charter Commission. He also chaired the city’s Electoral Board. He participated in various advisory studies, including the Van Dyck Master Plan.
The U.S. Air Force veteran began his career with the federal government, retiring as the assistant director for recreation and conservation with the National Park Service in 2006. He then served as the executive director for the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association until 2011.
A city resident since 1980, Ross has served as president of two neighborhood associations (Fairview and Old Lee Hills). He has volunteered at Little River United Church of Christ, served as a Cub Scout Leader for Troop 1887, and volunteers in a swim program for disabled young people and adults.
Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, Ross earned a B.S. in Recreation Education and an M.P.A. from Northeastern University.
Jon R. Stehle, Jr., is serving his third term on City Council.
He currently serves as the Vice President of the Virginia Municipal League. He is also serving as the Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee.
A city resident since 2007, Stehle chaired the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He also served on the Green Acres Feasibility Study Committee and the city's Branding Advisory Committee.
The Oxford Row resident, who served as president of the Oxford Row Civic Association, is a director with Data & Insights Division of Tyler Technologies. As a senior analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), he received a GAO Meritorious Service Award in 2013.
Stehle earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington & Jefferson College and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He also completed a master's degree in national security and strategic studies with the U.S. Naval War College.
Sang H. Yi is serving his second term on City Council.
He serves on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate, Energy, and Environmental Policy Committee and the Virginia Municipal League General Laws Committee and Human Development and Education Committee.
A city resident since 2013, Yi previously served as the city representative to the Fairfax Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Board. He also served as the Second Vice Commander of American Legion Post 177, and is the past-president of the Cameron Glen Homeowners Association.
Yi is a senior congressional aide specialized in government oversight issues and policy, and also serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Previously, he was an executive officer at a Defense Department intelligence agency.
Yi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in logistics and intermodal transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He earned a Masters of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School.
Jon Buttram is serving his ninth term on School Board.
He has been active as member, chairman, vice chairman and legislative liaison for the School Board. In addition, he has provided leadership as the chairman of the Northeastern Region of the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) and in support of the most recent School Bond Referendum Committee. He has been active in city schools through multiple PTAs, as an instructor for after school activities (Hands-on-Science), as a high school science fair judge, and Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge. He has also been active in a number of city and community organizations, including the Park and Recreation Advisory Board, Southeast Fairfax Citizens Association (SEFCA), the Elementary School Consolidation Task Force, and two Southeast Fairfax Traffic Calming Task Forces.
Carolyn Pitches is serving her sixth term on School Board, and has been chairman since 2018.
She served as vice chairman of the Fairfax City School Board for six years and is the Fairfax City Schools representative to the Washington Area Boards of Education. During her tenure as a math teacher in Prince William County Public Schools, she was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award for Prince William County Public Schools. She also served as co-chair on two Prince William County Public Schools committees: the Substance Abuse Committee (Core Team) and the At Risk Committee, where she planned, designed and wrote grants to provide a program for students in need of additional support. She received her B.A. in elementary education K-8 from Virginia Tech and a master’s in Education K-12 from George Mason University.
Bob Reinsel is serving his fourth term on School Board.
He has also served the city as president of the Mosby Woods Community Association, on the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Committee on Housing, and is vice president of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Board of Directors.
He grew up in the City of Fairfax, attended Westmore Elementary, Lanier Middle, and graduated from Fairfax High School. He returned to the city in 2006 so his children could benefit from the outstanding educational opportunities available in our schools. He is a senior business operations manager for a global internet information services and telecom firm.
Toby Sorensen is serving her seventh term on School Board.
She served as chairman from 2014-16 and as vice chairman from 2018-20. She is the city representative to the County School Board’s Comprehensive Planning and Development Committee. She is one of the city representatives to the Washington Area Boards of Education. She has been the School Board representative to both the city Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Environmental Sustainability Committee. She represented the city on the Fairfax County Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council for three years. She was also co-chair of the City School Board Facilities Planning Committee and a member of the Fairfax Community Coalition. She is a past PTA president of Fairfax High, Lanier Middle, and Layton Hall (now Daniels Run) Elementary schools. She currently serves as the Country Club Hills Civic Association treasurer and is also a block captain.
Mitch Sutterfield is serving his sixth term on School Board.
He has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1964, moving through Fairfax Elementary, Sidney Lanier Middle, and Fairfax High School (1972). After a B.A. and M.A. in English at the College of William and Mary, he received a Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University in 1992.
In 1977, Sutterfield began a 32-year career as a teacher (English) and a coach (football and wrestling) at Fairfax High School, retiring in 2009. He has been inducted into the Fairfax High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 2004, he was selected by Rotary International as its Teacher of the Year (among the four schools of Fairfax City). In 2003, he was the Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year, awarded by the Virginia High School League Coaches’ Association.
Currently, he serves on the Board of the Mosby Woods Community Association. Before joining the School Board, he was its representative to the Fairfax County Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council. Since his retirement from the classroom in 2009, he has been a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.