Friday, December 1, 2023

Do you know where your City Council members loyalties lie?

Some people may be surprised City Council members in both Hampton and Newport News spend only part of their time representing residents. Some council members have second jobs. Here’s how much Hampton and Newport News City Council members make per year as well as their current or former affiliations.


According to City Council website, the mayor makes $25,000 per year and the council members make $23,000 per year. The City Attorney could not be reached for comment on who oversees council members to avoid conflicts of interest.

Cheran Ivery, city attorney for Hampton, said each council member is given a copy of the State and Local Government Conflicts of Interest Act, which requires each member to file a Statement of Economic Interest Form with the city clerk’s office by Feb. 1 of each year.

“If Council members have questions or concerns about potential conflicts of interest, they direct their inquiry to the City Attorney, the Virginia COIA & Ethics Advisory Council or the Commonwealth’s Attorney,” Ivery wrote in an email.


Per the city’s municipal code, the mayor makes $27,000 per year and the council members each make $25,000 per year. In an email, Kim Lee, communications manager for the City of Newport News referred WYDaily to check out the Virginia Conflict of Interest Act (Va. Code Sec. 2.2-3100) and the Virginia Municipal League Conflict of Interests Act guide for local government leaders when asked about preventing conflict of interest in City Council meetings and agendas.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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