Meet the City Council

Council Duties

The City Council is the City's legislative body, with the power to enact and enforce all ordinances and resolutions. There are five members who are elected at-large and serve all voters of the City of Hagerstown for a four-year term.

The Council act only by ordinance, resolution or motion. They adopt and may alter the annual budget and confirm the Mayor's appointments. Council is responsible for the appropriation and issuance of bonds, the awarding of contracts and the approval of City expenditures over $10,000. Council determines its own rules of procedure, and its meetings are open to the public.

Councilmember Kristin B. Aleshire

KRISTIN B. ALESHIRE, a native of Hagerstown, previously served six years on City Council and one term as Washington County Commissioner. He is graduate of Salisbury University. Kristin is the Town Manager for the Town of Myersville in Frederick County, Maryland.  During his time in public office, he served on numerous boards and commissions in both Washington and Frederick counties and is also active with a number of civic groups within the greater Hagerstown area. Mr. Aleshire resides in the southern end of Hagerstown with his wife Tenneille, daughters Greenley, Ruby and Hadley and twin sons Carthy and Cable.
Councilmember Kristin Aleshire

Councilmember Martin E. Brubaker

MARTIN E. BRUBAKER is serving his second term as Councilmember.  He was appointed to the City Council in December, 2006 and was elected in May, 2009.  He is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.  He is a member of the City Planning Commission, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, Water and Sewer Infrastructure Task Force, Washington County Workforce Housing Task Force and the Central Chemical Superfund Liaison Group.  Mr. Brubaker’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and membership in Historic Trust and Books for Babies.  He retired from a career as a Community Planner and Budget Manager in Montgomery County, Maryland government.
Councilmember Martin Brubaker

Councilmember Lewis Metzner

LEWIS METZNER is serving his fifth term as councilmember and is a lifelong resident of the city.  He was appointed to the Council in October 1994 and has subsequently been elected for four consecutive additional terms.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.  Mr. Metzner was admitted to the Maryland State and Federal bars in 1977, and has been in a local private practice since then.  He is a founding member and past president of the Washington County Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys and has been the past State liaison to the national organization.  Locally, Mr. Metzner is a past member of the Sunrise Rotary, past Vice President of Community Rescue Services, Inc., past President of his synagogue and a former Board member of the Community Free Clinic.
Councilmember Lew Metzner

Councilmember Donald F. Munson

DONALD F. MUNSON is serving his first term as a councilmember.  Mr. Munson’s love for politics began at an early age.  In 1953-1955 he was appointed as a Page for DeWitt S. Hyde in the United States House of Representatives.  In 1968, he received a BS in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.  In 1975 he won the seat in the House of Delegates for District 2, representing Washington County.  He won reelection three times before running and winning a seat in the State Senate in 1990. He has served on numerous committees including the Budget and Taxation Committee, the Joint Committee on Federal Relations, the Rules Committee, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, and the Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, to name a few.  Additionally, he received many awards including Legislator of the Year from the Maryland Retailers Association in 2003, Outstanding Rural Legislator Award from the Rural Maryland Council in 2004, and the John O. Marsh, Jr. Public Service Award from Shenandoah University in 2004.
Councilmember Don Munson

Councilmember Penny Nigh

PENNY NIGH is serving her third term as councilmember and is a lifelong resident of the city.  She was first elected in 2001 and served two consecutive terms before taking a brief break from public office.  She is a community activist who strongly supports fighting crime, animal control, and preserving local history.  She currently serves on the Neighborhoods 1st Leadership Board, Community Rescue Service, and Washington County Gang Task Force.  Mrs. Nigh has also been a past member of many boards including the Hagerstown Housing Authority, Planning Commission, Citizens on Patrol, Board of Public Safety as well as Past President for the Little League.
Councilmember Penny Nigh

Additional Information

Contacting the Mayor and members of the City Council is both easy and convenient. You may call, write, or email as follows:
City of Hagerstown
One East Franklin Street
Second Floor, City Hall
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 766-4175
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