Danville Utility Commission


  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Fourth Monday of every month
  • City Council Chambers
    City Hall, Fourth Floor
    427 Patton Street
    Danville, VA 24541
  • Next Regular Meeting Date:  Monday, January 22, 2024


  • Vanessa Cain, Chairman
  • Helm Dobbins, Vice-Chairman
  • Anna Kautzman
  • Steven Merricks
  • Sheila Williamson-Branch
  • Mary Williamson
  • Dr. Gary P. Miller
  • Murray W. Whittle
  • Ken Larking, City Manager

The Utility Commission shall consist of seven members that serve three-year terms. Six members are appointed by City Council plus the City Manager or Acting City Manager. Of the six members appointed by Council, at least one member shall be a customer of the utility system from outside the limits of the City of Danville, at least four members shall be citizens of the City of Danville, and one member shall be an at large customer of the utility system. 

An active member of City Council and the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors shall also be appointed as ex officio non-voting members of the Utility Commission by their respective bodies

For more information, contact Clerk to the Commission Janet C. Davis at 434-857-3312. To apply to serve on this Board, please fill out our online application.


The functions of the Utility Commission include:

  • Acting as an advisory board to the City Council on the issue of utility consumption rates, suggested Code amendments, condemnation of public right of way, and the budget for the Department of Utilities.
  • Acting as an advisory board to the City Manager for the purpose of hiring and firing the General Manager of the Department of Utilities
  • Acting as the official action board to determine and establish such policies as non-consumption utility fees, utility extensions, service connection fees, and other general service policies not designated to either City Council, the City Manager, or the General Manager of the Department of Utilities
  • Retaining all powers, rights, and privileges currently set forth in this City Code and amending the City Code and this Article as Council deems necessary to better serve the customers in anticipation of deregulation of electric utilities.


Agendas are posted when distributed to the board. Agendas and adopted minutes from 2018 to current are available online. 

LINK: Danville Utility Commission Agendas and Minutes