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The City Board of Directors consists of five members, elected to four-year terms. Three members individually represent one of the three districts, while the remaining two are elected at-large by all districts. You can read more about the City Board of Directors in the Code of Ordinances.

The City Board meets twice each month on the second and fourth Tuesday. The meeting schedule includes an Board Work Session at 9:00 a.m. and Board Meeting is at noon. Meetings are held in the Board Room and the Conference Room at the Municipal Building located at 200 Rogers Street Bluefield, West Virginia 24701. Meeting minutes and agendas are available here.

Our Board


Mayor, Tom Cole
304.327.2401 ext. 2407

Mayor Cole is the owner of several businesses in the region: Cole Chevrolet-Cadillac, Cole Collision Center, Cole Truck Parts, Cole Auto Outlet, Hometown Service Center, the Rock House Marina, and The RailYard. In addition to the time spent with his companies, he serves on the board of directors for many organizations including: Second Chance for Cats and the West Virginia Auto and Truck Dealers Association. He is the current president of The Wade Center and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Mayor Cole has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Bluefield Rotary Club and a member of the Young Guns Class of 2009 by West Virginia Executive Magazine. He is a second generation mayor of Bluefield as his father served as mayor for 13 years. Mayor Cole resides in the City of Bluefield and has five children, and fourgrandchildren.


Vice Mayor
Barbara Thompson-Smith
District I
304.327.2401 ext. 2407

Mrs. Thompson-Smith is a retired educator and administrator in Southern West Virginia with 35 years of service. She is a lifetime member of the West Virginia Educators Association. Mrs. Thompson-Smith is an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Links Incorporated, a national youth service organization.  She is a lifetime member of the NAACP, the Bluefield State College Alumni Association, and is very active in her community. Mrs. Thompson-Smith is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and resides in Bluefield with her husband, E. Dennis Smith. They have one son, Edmond D. Smith, Jr. and three grandchildren.


Ellen Peters Light
District II
304.327.2401 ext. 2407

Mrs. Light is the former president and acting director of the Alliance for the Arts. She is a former choir director at Bluefield High School, and is retired from her family’s business, Peters Equipment, Inc. Mrs. Light is a charter member and past president of Summit Players Theatre, where she still serves on the executive board and is an active director.  She is currently a sitting elder at First Presbyterian Church. A life-long resident, Mrs. Light lives with her husband Alan. She has two sons, Alex and David, and a granddaughter, Audrey.


Michael Gibson
District III
304.327.2401 ext. 2407

Mr. Gibson is a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Lefler, and Associates in Mercer County. Mr. Gibson graduated from the College of William and Mary and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He is a member of the West Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the United States Supreme Court Bar Association, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Associaition. He is the owner/operator of Blackacre Farms, LLC. He resides in the City of Bluefield with his son, John.


Chuck McGonagle
304.327.2401 ext. 2407

Mr. McGonagle is the co-owner of MAC Contractors, LLC, a business in the City of Bluefield. He is a past vice president of the South Bluefield Merchants Association, and is active in the community as a supporter of the Bluefield Preservation Society, The Wade Center, The Bluefield Union Mission and Preston Place.  Mr. McGonagle and his wife Heather are life-long residents of Bluefield.  He has two children and three grandchildren.