Former Vice Mayor and current City Councilor, Sena Magill, has resigned her seat on the Charlottesville City Council effective January 11, 2023.
The surprise announcement was made at the end of January 3 City Council meeting.
An emotional Magill had prepared a statement but was unable to read it. Councilor Michael Payne was asked by Magill to deliver the news in her stead.
Magill, who began Council service in January 2020, cited personal and family interests that superseded her Council duties.
According to Virginia State Code, a replacement will be appointed by the Council majority within 45 days of the resignation date.
Read Magill’s complete statement:
This evening, I have the regrettable news that I must step-down from office. The needs of my family have changed during my term in office, and in the last few months it has become more and more apparent that I cannot meet the needs effectively of both. At this time, I cannot be the mother I need to be and also provide the service to the people who elected me that I committed to. This has not been an easy decision as there is much I still want to do for this city, but right now, I need to focus on my family and their needs. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
h/t: Carole Thorpe