Mayor, Council Govern City

Mayor, Council Govern City

Six-member council and mayor serve two-year terms.


Members of the City Council are sworn in during a July 2008 ceremony at Lanier Middle School.

>* Mayor Robert F. Lederer, a lifelong Fairfax resident, was elected to his fourth term as mayor in 2008. He served three terms on the City Council in the 1980s, and two more terms from 1998-2002. Lederer is the executive vice president of an international trade association in Tysons Corner. As mayor, he represents the city on the Virginia Municipal League Transportation Policy Committee and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. He led the redevelopment efforts for Old Town Fairfax as well.

Lederer attended Green Acres Elementary School, Lanier Middle School and Fairfax High School. He lives in the Cobbdale area of Fairfax with his wife Maureen and their three children.

* Councilmember Joan W. Cross has lived in Fairfax City since 1991 and is serving her fourth term on the council. Cross chaired the Board of Architectural Review for three terms and co-chaired the city’s Independence Day celebration for two years. She also chairs Destination Fairfax, a partnership that she helped found between the city and local businesses to increase tourism. Cross graduated from the University of Iowa and works as marketing director for a CPA firm the Burdette Smith Group, P.C.

In 2004, Cross was named Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Olde Fairfax Mews with her husband Ron, and they have three children and one grandchild.

* Councilmember Daniel F. Drummond has lived in Fairfax City for eight years and is serving his first term on City Council. Drummond served on the City’s Economic Development Authority, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the 2004 School Bonds Task Force Committee. He currently serves as the city’s representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Board of Directors, the Transportation Planning Board and the Virginia Municipal League’s General Laws Committee. He is also active with FPYC sports, Fairfax Pool "Go Frogs" and St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Drummond received a B.S. in political science from Old Dominion University and a M.A. in government from Johns Hopkins University.

Drummond is a senior vice president at Powell Tate Strategic Communications and Public Affairs. He lives in Green Acres with his wife Kerry and their three children.

* Councilmember Jeffrey C. Greenfield is serving his eighth term on the Council. He has lived in Fairfax City all his life, having graduated from Fairfax High School and from George Mason University with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in public administration. Greenfield vice-chaired the Fairfax 2020 Commission, the Park and Recreation Advisory Board and the Task Force for a More Livable City of Fairfax. He serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, the COG Board of Directors, and Historic Fairfax City, Inc. Greenfield is a program analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a small business owner. He and his wife Lisa live in Windy Hill. They welcomed their first child into the world, Alexandra, in 2006.

* Councilmember David L. Meyer is serving is first term on City Council. He is a senior executive for the U.S. Department of Labor and has served on the board of directors of Historic Fairfax City, Inc. He has also been active with Fairfax High School TSA, Fairfax Coalition for Youth, Boy Scout Troop 187, Appalachia Service Project, Fairfax Police Youth Club and Fairfax United Methodist Church. Meyers was a member of the Livable City Task Force and the City of Fairfax Bicentennial Committee. He received a B.A. in political science from Randolph-Macon College and an M.P.A. from American University. Meyer currently resides in Old Lee Hills with his wife, Cindy, and their two children.

* Councilmember Gary J. Rasmussen is in his 10th term on the City Council. He worked in the federal government for 36 years until he retired in 1999, as deputy assistant secretary for vocational and adult education with the U.S. Department of Education. Rasmussen has chaired the city’s Planning Commission, and has been the City Council representative to the Northern Virginia District Planning Commission and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a graduate degree in University of Chicago. Rasmussen has been a resident of Fairfax since 1962, and lives in Mosby Woods with his wife Mary Jo.

* Councilmember Steven C. Stombres is serving his first term on the City Council. He is a lifelong resident of Virginia and currently serves as chief of staff to a member of Virginia’s Congressional delegation. He is also a member of Historic Fairfax City, Inc., American Legion Post 177 and Daniels Run PTA. Stombres graduated with a B.A. in history from Virginia Tech. As a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, he attended Officer Candidate School and served as a military intelligence officer in various assignments during his 20-year career in the Army Reserves. Stombres lives in Farrcroft with his wife and three children.