City Council

Council (6 of 6)
Council Members from left to right: Kevin Wingard, Neal Osborne, Anthony Farnum, Bill Hartley, Becky Nave

Mayor Anthony Farnum

Anthony Farnum was named Mayor of Bristol Virginia on July 1, 2021. He was re-elected after being appointed to the Bristol, Virginia City Council in November of 2018.  He was named Vice-Mayor July 1, 2020.

Born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, Farnum earned a Bachelors degree from East Tennessee State University majoring in Public Health Administration with a minor in Economics.

Anthony has had a lifelong passion for real estate.  He works as a licensed real estate agent, as well as a landlord and property manager.  In his spare time, he enjoys sports and spending time with his family.

Prior to joining the city council, Anthony served on the Bristol, Virginia Planning Commission.  

Anthony is married to his wife Amanda and they have one daughter, Juliette.

 Current Committee appointments: Planning Commission, Bristol Train Station Foundation, Believe in Bristol, and Finance Committee. 

Vice Mayor Neal Osborne

Neal Osborne was named Vice Mayor on July 1, 2021.  He was elected to the Bristol, Virginia City Council on May 1st, 2018 and was sworn in on July 2nd, 2018. He previously served as Mayor in 2019. Neal is a native of Bristol. He is a 2006 graduate of John S. Battle High School and also attended Virginia Highlands Community College. He has previously been employed in the cellular sales field, and is currently employed as a car salesman.  He plays the guitar, and has one young daughter, Scarlett.

Current Committee appointments: District Three Government Co-op, People Inc, Transportation Safety, and Rhythm and Roots.

Council Member Bill Hartley

Bill Hartley was elected to City Council on July 1, 2014. He was named Mayor on July 1, 2020. He has served as both Mayor and Vice Mayor previously. A native of Bristol, Bill is a 1987 graduate of Virginia High School. He holds degrees from the Clemson University (B.A. History & Political Science), University of Alabama (M.A., History) and King University (M.B.A.). Bill has worked as an educator, non-profit administrator, and was named one of the Tri-Cities Business Journal's “Forty Under Forty.” He is currently employed at the Barter Theatre as the Advancement Officer-Institutional Relations. He has served as the council representative on the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, City Council Finance Committee, Economic Development Committee, Highlands Community Services Board, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, Believe in Bristol, Bristol Youth Services Board, and Birthplace of Country Music. Hartley also is a member of the Bristol Rotary Club, Arts in Public Places Board of Directors, and Arts Alliance Mountain Empire Board of Directors. Bill and his wife, Harriet, have two young children, Wilson and Rachel. 

 Current Committee appointments: Chamber of Commerce, Highlands Community Services, Birthplace of Country Music, Discover Bristol/CVB, Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Council Member Kevin Wingard

Kevin Wingard was appointed to City Council in November of 2016. He was named Vice Mayor on July 1, 2017. Wingard, originally from Arkansas, moved to Bristol, Virginia in 1976 where he attended Bristol's public school system. Thereafter, he began a 13-year career at Electrolux while simultaneously owning and operating Southern Home Maintenance. Wingard then attended the Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and continued work for 10 years at local marine dealerships. In 2007, Kevin transitioned to self employment. Since that time, Wingard has invested in local real estate and additional business ventures in Southwest Virginia. Wingard and his wife, Sarah, have four children and five young grandchildren.

Current Committee appointments: Appalachian Juvenile Commission, Highlands Community Policy and Management, Social Services, and the Finance Committee. 

Council Member Becky Nave

Becky Nave was appointed to the City Council on July 6, 2021. A native of Bristol, she is a graduate of Virginia High School and a graduate of King University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Nave serves as Senior Destination Development Specialist for the Virginia Tourism Corporation, a state agency charged with marketing the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination and film location. Previously, she was employed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, People Incorporated and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Lead Virginia Class of 2020 and Lead Bristol Class of 2009. Becky and her husband, Jimmy, have three children, Brandon, Kelsey, and Baylee.