Government

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The City of Fredericksburg was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1728, incorporated as a town in 1781, and incorporated as an independent city in 1879. Fredericksburg operates under the Council-Manager form of government adopted in 1912.

The Fredericksburg City Council is a seven-member legislative body composed of a Mayor and six Council Members.The Mayor and two Council Members are elected at-large and the remaining four Council Members are each elected to represent one of four wards. Council Members and the Mayor serve four-year, staggered terms with elections held every two years, in May.

The Mayor and Council appoint the City Manager, the City Attorney, and the City Clerk/Clerk of Council. The City Manager carries out policy set by Council and administers City programs. All department heads are hired by and responsible to the City Manager. The City Attorney provides legal assistance and opinions to the Council, the City Manager, and other City departments.

Important Phone Numbers
Animal Control (540) 372-1122
Animal Shelter (540) 658-7387
Assesments (540) 372-1207
Building and Development Services (540) 372-1080
Building Inspections/ Permits (540) 372-1080
Business Licenses (540) 372-1004
City Attorney (540) 372-1020
City Clerk/Clerk of Council (540) 372-1010
City Manager (540) 372-1010
Clerk of the Circuit Court (540) 372-1066
Commissioner of the Revenue (540) 372-1004
Commonwealth's Attorney (540) 372-1040
Community Center (540) 372-1086
Economic Development (540) 372-1216
Economic Development and Tourism (540) 372-1216
Fire (540) 372-1059
Fire Department (540) 372-1059
Fiscal Affairs (540) 372-1017
Health Department(540) 899-4142
Human Resources (540) 372-1028
Information Systems (540) 372-1026
Library Headquarters: (540) 372-1144
Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities (540) 372-1086
Planning and Community Development (540) 372-1179
Police (540) 372-1049
Police (540) 372-1122
Public Works (540) 372-1023
Rescue Squad (540) 373-3264
School Board office (540) 372-1130
Sheriff (540) 372-1056
Social Services (540) 372-1032
Social Services (540) 372-1032
Tourism, Visitors Center (540) 373-1776
Transit (540) 372-1222
Treasurer (540) 372-1001
Utility Billing Office (540) 372-1182
Volunteer Fire Company (540) 372-1064
Zoning (540) 372-1179

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