Mayor John Gilstrap

Current Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2018
Mayoral Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Member of Council since July 2010

John B. Gilstrap was elected to City Council in May 2010. Mr. Gilstrap is a graduate of Clemson University and served in the United States Army. He served the City of Danville as Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for thirty years and after his retirement from the City served as Manager of Community Engagement for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Mr. Gilstrap has been a member of numerous boards that includes:
  • Community Improvement Council
  • Head Start
  • Danville Area Association for Arts and Humanities
  • Riverview Rotary Club
  • Opera Ebony Concert Guild
  • March of Dimes
  • Project Access to Healthcare Services
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Christmas Parade Chairman
  • United Way Fund Raising Campaign Chairman
  • President Blue Ridge District Boy Scouts
  • Coalition for a Safe Danville
  • Chairman of the Board of Deacons of First Baptist Church
Mr. Gilstrap was twice elected as President of Virginia Recreation and Parks Society and recipient of its highest recognition, the Fellows Award. Now retired, Mr. Gilstrap most recently served as the Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Danville Area.