Hopewell is an independent city surrounded by Prince George County and the Appomattox River in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The City of Hopewell is divided into seven wards, each having an elected representative on City Council. Councilors’ are elected in November are their terms run from January 1 to December 31 four years later. Elections are staggered with Wards 4, 6 and 5 held the same time period and Wards 1, 7 and 3 held at the same time period.
On the first Tuesday in January following an election, City Council holds a reorganization meeting where it votes and appoints a new Mayor and Vice Mayor. Each official serves a two-year term until the next Council election, when another reorganization meeting is held. At that meeting, City Council sets a meeting calendar for the entire year. Special Meetings and Work Sessions may be added when issues arise to conduct City business.
Members of City Council are members of The Governing Body. “All powers vested in the City shall be exercised by the Council except as otherwise provided therein.” – Hopewell City Charter Chapter IV- Council
“The City shall have and may exercise all powers which are now or may hereafter be conferred upon or delegated to cities under the constitution and law of the commonwealth and all other powers pertinent to the conduct of the city government, the exercise of which is not expressly prohibited by the said constitution and laws and which in the opinion of the Council are necessary and desirable to promote the general welfare of the city and the safety, health, peace, good order, comfort, maintenance and morals of its inhabitants, as fully and completely as though such powers were specifically enumerated in this charter, and no enumeration of particular powers herein shall be held to be exclusive but shall be held to be in addition to this general grant of power.” – Hopewell City Charter Chapter II- Powers
City Council appoints three direct employees of Council, which include the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney. All three appointees who together administer the operations of the City of Hopewell. In addition, City Council appoints volunteers to serve on City boards, commissions and/or authorities.