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Gaithersburg operates under the council-manager form of municipal government, with the City Manager being appointed by the City Council.  The Mayor and City Council are elected to staggered four-year terms, and the Mayor serves as Council President.

Council Member Jud Ashman was selected by his peers on the City Council to serve as Mayor of the City of Gaithersburg until the next municipal election after Mayor Sidney Katz was elected as District 3 representative to the Montgomery County Council on November 4, 2014. He was elected as Mayor in the following term.


Council Vice President
Michael A. Sesma

Council Member
Ryan Speigel

Council Member
Neil Harris

Council Member
Robert T. Wu

Council Member
Henry F. Marraffa, Jr.

The Mayor and City Council meet the first and third Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber, 31 S. Summit Ave.  They also conduct work sessions on alternate Mondays and other evenings.  For more information please contact the office of the City Manager at 301-258-6310 or cityhall@gaithersburgmd.govGaithersburg Governance Information

Citizens can view archived city council meetings here: City Website Archived Meetings

Member Name Position Term
Jud  Ashman Mayor  11/9/2015 - 11/7/2017
Neil  Harris Council Member  11/9/2015 - 11/5/2019
Henry  F  Marraffa, Jr. Council Member  11/5/2013 - 11/7/2017
Michael  A  Sesma Council Member  11/5/2013 - 11/7/2017
Ryan  Spiegel Council Member  11/9/2015 - 11/5/2019
Robert  Wu Council Member  11/9/2015 - 11/5/2019


The Gaithersburg City Council selected Neil H. Harris to fill the vacancy that opened when Council Member Jud Ashman became Mayor after Sidney Katz was elected to the Montgomery County Council. Neil Harris and Robert T. Wu were elected to the Council at the subsequent election cycle.



Lynn Board Appointed Gaithersburg City Attorney


 Ms. Board began working on a part-time basis on February 25, and assumed full-time responsibilities on April 28, 2008.

Mark P. Sroka Named Gaithersburg Police Chief

The Gaithersburg Police Department is a nationally-accredited law enforcement agency of 54 sworn officers who share responsibility for services with the Montgomery County Police, providing coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Department responds to calls for service as necessary, and, when appropriate, utilizes community action teams to solve problems and deal with issues affecting the safety of all City neighborhoods.

Mark P. Sroka (center) was sworn in as the new Gaithersburg Police Chief at a special meeting of the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council on Monday, July 12, 2010.  Sroka comes to Gaithersburg having served most recently as Assistant Chief Field Operations Bureau, Western Command with the Maryland State Police.  He was accompanied at the swearing in ceremony by his wife, Patricia (left), and his daughter, Kaitlyn.   Mayor Sidney Katz (right) countersigns the oath of office\


Gaithersburg, Maryland has been recognized by Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America. Five hundred cities across the country were evaluated on 14 walking criteria, including the percentage of adults who walk to work, the number of parks per square mile, safety, use of mass transit, and the percentage of adults who walk for fitness. Gaithersburg placed 63rd on the list.

"In recent years Gaithersburg has been named the second most affordable city in America to raise a family by Frommers Guide and the seventeenth best place in the country to live by Money magazine. Today’s recognition by Prevention magazine confirms that Gaithersburg continues to be a highly livable community, and that our emphasis on the environment is enhancing the quality of life for our residents," said Mayor Sidney Katz.

The top 10 most populous cities in each state were selected for review. In their analysis of Gaithersburg, Prevention magazine noted that "Along with a high number of residents who lace up walking shoes for exercise and a decent showing of parks per square mile, Gaithersburg has the lowest crime rate on our (Maryland) list, putting it in the nation’s top 20 safest cities for walkers."

Other cities in the metropolitan area that made the top 100 Best Walking Cities list include Washington, DC at #5, Silver Spring, MD at #17, Alexandria, VA at #21, Arlington, VA at #40, Bethesda, MD at #62, Dundalk, MD at #91, and Baltimore, MD at #92.

For more information on the survey visit

 City Receives Distinguished Budget Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

The City of Gaithersburg received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for fiscal year 2006 from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This award is the highest from of recognition in governmental budgeting.

This is the sixth year that Gaithersburg has received the award. It was presented to David B. Humpton, who was City Manager during the Fiscal Year in question, and Harold Belton, Director of Finance and Administration. 

The City had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a municipality’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association that represents nearly 17,500 government finance professionals throughout North America.  The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

  Thirty years of Excellence in Financial Reporting

For the 30th consecutive year the City of Gaithersburg has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

     The Certificate was presented to Harold Belton, Director of Finance and Administration, Tina H. Smith, Comptroller and Ling Yan Angela Woo, Senior Accountant. 

    The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

     The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 16,000 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.


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