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 10 years on City Council and 1 term as Washington County Commissioner. He is a 1996 graduate of Hagerstown Community College and a 1998 graduate of Salisbury State University.  Kristin is the Town Manager for the Town of Myersville in Frederick County, Maryland.  During his time in public office, he has served on numerous boards and commissions.  He is also active with a number of local civic groups.  Mr. Aleshire resides in the southern end of Hagerstown with his wife Tenneille and their five children. 

Kristin B. Aleshire

Councilmember Paul Corderman

PAUL CORDERMAN was born and raised in Hagerstown and is now serving his first term as a Councilmember.  Paul is a 1995 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and a 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Living in the same neighborhood where he grew up, Paul is passionate about and committed to helping the City of Hagerstown identify and make the most of the opportunities that lay ahead.  Paul is a shop manager at Mace Auto Body in Smithsburg and looks forward to applying his business management experience on the City Council.  Previously serving on the Main Street Design Committee, Paul continues to actively meet with neighborhood groups and local organizations throughout Hagerstown to understand constituents' needs and be a voice to champion what is most important to the people of our City.  Paul lives in the north end with his wife and daughter.

Paul Corderman

Councilmember Emily Keller

EMILY KELLER is serving her first term as Councilmember.  She is the owner-operator of the Emily Keller Agency-Farmers Insurance. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Emily is a 2004 graduate of South Hagerstown High School and is the proud mother of her 9 year old daughter, Layla. She is active throughout the community, serving as the Community Advocacy Chairman within the Hagerstown Chamber of Commerce GenNext Committee, member of the Sun-Rise Rotary-Hagerstown, and a team leader in Washington County’s Relay for Life. She has a personal vested interested in advocating for small business owners as an agency owner herself and a Hagerstown Councilmember. She extends her influence as a member of Farmers Employees Agents Political Action Committee (FEAPAC), an advocacy organization that protects the interest of small business owners.

Emily Keller

Councilmember Lewis C. Metzner

LEWIS METZNER is serving his seventh consecutive 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 to serve consecutive terms.  In June of 2015, Lew was inducted into the Maryland Municipal League Hall of Fame.  MML’s Hall of Fame honors current or former elected officials who have served 20 years or more.  Mr. Metzner received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore. He 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.
Lewis C. Metzner

Councilmember Donald F. Munson

DONALD F. MUNSON is serving his second consecutive 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 Congressman DeWitt S. Hyde in the United States House of Representatives.  In 1968, he received a Bachelor of Science in education with a concentration in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.  In 1974 he won the seat in the House of Delegates for District 2, representing Washington County, and was sworn in to that position in 1975.  He won re-election three times before running and winning a seat in the State Senate during the 1990 election. Mr. Munson served as State Senator from 1991-2011.  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.  Additionally, Mr. Munson 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.
Donald F. Munson

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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