Regional Government

Counties, Cities and Towns

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, all municipalities incorporated as cities have been independent government entities since 1871. The United States has 42 independent cities, and 38 of those cities are in Virginia. A city is not a part of a county, even though it may be geographically located within it. Incorporated towns, however, are part of the county in which it is located.

City government is comprised of an appointed mayor, elected city council, and an appointed city manager. Counties are governed by an elected Board of Supervisors and appointed county administrator, whereas town government includes an elected mayor, an elected town council and an appointed town manager. Town governing authority varies and often shares resources with the county such as courts and public school systems.

Our region is comprised of the Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell; the City of Lynchburg; and the Towns of Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Brookneal.