Town of Washington Government

The Town of Washington, Virginia, officially established by the Virginia Assembly in 1796, is the county seat for Rappahannock County, some 67 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. On the second Monday of every month, a group of seven elected town residents who make up the Washington Town Council, meets in the historic Town Hall, circa 1857, to hold a town council meeting. Residents and visitors are welcome to attend.

The Town Council governs the town. It is composed of five council members, a mayor and a treasurer, all of whom serve four-year terms. Election for the council members, treasurer and mayor is held on the first Tuesday in May. In its capacity as the legislative authority for the town, the council deliberates and votes on legislation, town programs, budgets and approves funding for town services.

The mayor, as chief executive officer of the town, presides over the monthly meetings of the Town Council and votes as a member of the council, but has no veto power. He is the head of the town government for all of its ceremonial purposes. The Town Council, by a majority of its members, elects a vice mayor from its membership to serve a four-year term. The vice mayor serves in the absence of or during the disability of the mayor. The Town Council also appoints a town attorney.

In the 1950s, the Washington Town Council made national news when the town elected an all-women Town Council, mayor and treasurer.

Emergency Info

Water and Sewer

Sewer Customers: If you notice sewage coming from your grinder pot and the alarm is not going off please check your circuit breaker for your pump and if it is in the off position please turn it to the on position and your pump should come on. If it does not come on please call ESS at their emergency number 540-825-6660. If you have a sewer emergency and your alarm is going off please turn it off using the toggle switch underneath the gray circuit box. The alarm light will still stay on. Please call ESS at 540-825-6660 to report your emergency. Please make sure you leave your name, telephone number, and street address. If you have a sewage leak in the line from the house to the grinder pot that leak is the home owner’s responsibility to have it repaired.

Please remember: Never put any of the following materials into sinks, toilets, or drains:

  • Glass, metal, wood, seafood shells, fish tank gravel or stones
  • Disposable wipes diapers, socks, rags, or cloth
  • Sanitary napkins or tampons
  • Egg shells or kitty litter
  • Plastic objects (toys, eating utensils, etc.)
  • Strong chemicals, toxic, caustic, or poisonous substances
  • Film developing chemicals
  • Degreasing solvents
  • Any explosive or flammable material
  • Gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, paint thinner, or antifreeze
  • Cooking fat (lard, oil, or grease)


These materials may create unsafe conditions in your lines and grinder pump pot or may clog your home system as well. Repairs resulting from damages to the pump station due to improper use will be billed to the property owner.

Water Customers: If you have a water leak obviously coming from the meter box or in the street please call the Town during office hours to report your leak or call Country Water Systems at 540-825-2781 during non-business hours. If you have a leak in the water line coming from your home to meter box it is the home owner’s responsibly to have it repaired.

Mayor – John Fox Sullivan
P.O. Box 518
260 Porter Street
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3343
E-Mail: johnfoxsullivan@gmail.com

Vice Mayor– Mary Ann Kuhn
176 Main Street
P. O. Box 8
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-2020
Fax: 540-675-1050
E-Mail: innkeeper@middletoninn.com

Treasurer – Jerry Goebel
28 Harris Hollow Road
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-2032
E-Mail: jgoebel2@msn.com

Katharine Leggett
P.O. Box 337
558 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3395
E-Mail: kwleggettmiller@gmail.com

Patrick O’Connell
17 Harris Hollow Road
P.O. Box 300
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3800
Fax: 540-675-3100
E-Mail: patrickattheinn@yahoo.com

Gary Aichele
P.O. Box 370
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-227-5030
E-Mail: gaichele@gmail.com

Brad Schneider
152 Piedmont Ave.
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3733
E-Mail: bschneider@gmail.com

Architectural Review Board

Butch Zindel, Chairman
311 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
540-675-1190
butch@rapprealestate.com

Beverly Sullivan, Vice Chair
260 Porter Street
P.O. Box 518
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3343
beverlysullivan@mac.com

Raym Crow, Secretary
195 Piedmont Ave.
P.O. Box 344
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-9917
crow@chainbridgegroup.com

Robert Ballard
P.O. Box 412
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-1113
robert@rhballard.com

Selma Thomas
639 Main Street
P.O. Box 267
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-1161
selma.m.thomas@gmail.com

Planning Commission

Fred Catlin, Chairman
566 Mt. Salem Avenue
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-1121 (home)
Phone: 540-671-9894 (business cell)
fredcatlin@hotmail.com

Bradley Schneider, Vice Chairman
152 Piedmont Avenue
P.O. Box 488
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3733
bschneider06@gmail.com

Judy DeSarno
24 Harris Hollow Road
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-9913
judydesarno@gmail.com

Gail Swift
577 Main Street
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-1003
gailswift@gmail.com

Allan Comp
639 Main Street
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-1161
allan@tallancomp.com

Board of Zoning Appeals

Ray Gooch
132 Gay Street
P.O. Box 4
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 866-523-6353
rappray@gmail.com

Administrative
Laura Dodd
P.O. Box 7
485 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3128
Fax: 540-675-1742
E-Mail: washingtonva@earthlink.net

Legal
John Bennett, Town Attorney
306 North West Street
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-3838
Fax: 540-825-5696
E-Mail: jcbe@msn.com

Treasurer
Jerry Goebel
28 Harris Hollow Road
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-2032
E-Mail: jgoebel2@msn.com

Water and Sewer
Laura Dodd
P.O. Box 7
485 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
Phone: 540-675-3128
Fax: 540-675-1742
E-Mail: washingtonva@earthlink.net

Zoning
John Bennett, Interim Zoning Administrator
306 N. West Street
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-3838
E-Mail: jcbe@msn.com