Mayor Lisa Merkel

Mayor Lisa Merkel Together we can put Herndon on the map as a model of 21st century hometown living, a next generation small town. Preserving our History. Shaping our Future.

I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and come from a close-knit, working-class family whose strong values and open-minded view of the world shaped who I am today. With the help of Pell Grants, I worked my way through school and, in 1995—when I earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Auburn University—I became the first member of my family to graduate from college. I moved to the DC area with my husband, Dave, an Air Force officer, in the fall of 1996. We fell in love with the area and after Dave’s tour of duty was up we decided to make Northern Virginia our home. I was working for Fairfax County Public Schools and Dave soon went to work in the private sector. In 2002, we fell in love with a Victorian farmhouse in downtown Herndon and moved in that spring. From the beginning we enjoyed life in the Town of Herndon: the homecoming parade every fall, fireworks from the backyard on the 4th of July, and walking downtown to enjoy Friday Night Live, Jazz at the Ice House, wings at Jimmy's and slices of fresh bread at Great Harvest. In 2001, I was selected by then Governor Mark Warner to serve on Virginia's Partnerships for Achieving Successful Schools initiative and worked on a year-long partnership with a Richmond elementary school, traveling monthly to coach teachers and provide on-site language arts professional development opportunities for the teachers and staff at the school. In 2002, I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy, and I moved from the classroom to become a Title I Reading Specialist. I am still so very proud that my classroom work was featured in the book, Shared Reading for Today's Classroom, and materials and teaching strategies I developed are still being used in literacy professional development courses throughout Fairfax County. When our children were born, I took a leave of absence from teaching to become a stay at home mom. I joined the Herndon Homes Tour Committee, and I became more involved in Town issues. First elected to Herndon Town Council as Vice Mayor in 2010. Elected Mayor in 2012, and re-elected in 2014 and 2016.

03/11/2020

COVID-19 update - The Fairfax County Health Department is the lead agency for the Town. Things are evolving quickly with Covid-19 safety measures. For updates on our local area the Fairfax County Health Department created an text updating system. It is easy... Text FFXCOVID to 888777. I just signed up - so should you!

03/10/2020
Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS will be closed to students on Monday - see below! And check fcps.edu for updates!

Monday, March 16, will be designated as a staff development day/student holiday, in order to provide an opportunity for staff to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure. More details to follow.

Herndon Police Department
03/08/2020

Herndon Police Department

Happy #InternationalWomensDay to the women who help keep Herndon safe. Thank you for everything that you do. #herndonpd

Happy 12th birthday, @lila_merkel17!!  💕🎉💪🏻🎂🍩🍪 I’m so proud of the young woman you are becoming!
03/07/2020

Happy 12th birthday, @lila_merkel17!! 💕🎉💪🏻🎂🍩🍪 I’m so proud of the young woman you are becoming!

Remember to vote on Tuesday — and that FCPS students have the day off! Town Council meeting is on for that evening, 7pm ...
03/01/2020
FCPS Students Will Get Day Off for Super Tuesday Primary

Remember to vote on Tuesday — and that FCPS students have the day off! Town Council meeting is on for that evening, 7pm as usual! #SuperTuesday #Vote

https://www.restonnow.com/2020/02/28/fcps-students-will-get-day-off-for-super-tuesday-primary/

(Updated 2/28/2020) Students at Fairfax County's public schools will get to stay home on March 3 for Super Tuesday. Large crowds are expected to turn out for the primary election in Virginia. Brian Worthy, a spokesperson for the county, said that 167 polling places will be in the schools for vote

And now for my favorite weekend photo w a married couple (borrowed from the bride’s own insta!) May I present to you, Mr...
02/24/2020

And now for my favorite weekend photo w a married couple (borrowed from the bride’s own insta!) May I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph McKenna! It was my true honor and absolute joy to officiate the marriage of these two incredible people. Melissa and Bill are two of the best humans I know, and yesterday was one of the most joyful and loving days i can remember. Surrounded by friends and family...and a whole lotta FRamily, I was reminded what it really means to love and what a wonderful and warm community our little town is. Congratulations, Councilman and Mrs. McKenna! 🥂 💍 💕 #SoMuchHappiness @cmelissamckenna

In case you’re wondering how my weekend is going... I’m posting my second favorite photo of me with a married couple tak...
02/23/2020

In case you’re wondering how my weekend is going... I’m posting my second favorite photo of me with a married couple taken this weekend. My fave— coming soon. 💍 👰 🤵 #MayorPete #SoMuchHappiness @pete.buttigieg @chasten.buttigieg I told Chasten the story of my yesterday in Arlington this afternoon! #teampete

Herndon Police Department
02/19/2020

Herndon Police Department

HPD has confirmed that the helicopter seen flying low above the Town of Herndon is doing work for Dominion VA Power. This is not related to any police activity. #herndonpd

Happy Valentine’s Day!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy almost Valentine’s Day, #Herndon! And we love our HPD!
02/13/2020

Happy almost Valentine’s Day, #Herndon! And we love our HPD!

This rainy, gray Monday isn’t getting us down. Not with love and support like this from the kids in our community. We are so lucky to serve a town as wonderful as Herndon. ❤️💙 #loveourtown #valentinesday #community #herndonpd

02/04/2020
Town Elections | Town of Herndon, VA

Interested in running for Mayor or Town Council? Get filing information in the link below. The deadline to file is June 9, 2020. Fairfax County administers elections in the Town of Herndon.

Questions about what it’s like to run and serve? I’d be happy to chat with you about it!

Election Day in the Town of Herndon is November 3, 2020.

https://www.herndon-va.gov/government/mayor-town-council/town-elections

Information about the Town of Herndon elections

The Merklets are so grown up these days!  Wayyyy taller than my 97 year old granny!
02/03/2020

The Merklets are so grown up these days! Wayyyy taller than my 97 year old granny!

So excited to welcome this hip and healthy spot to town!!!!
01/28/2020

So excited to welcome this hip and healthy spot to town!!!!

Stopped by the opening of Vbjuicebar today. Everything was delicious and the space is beautiful and bright, just like the juices. Also, LOVED my egg avocado toast and the super amazingly nice, knowledgeable team! Welcome to #HipHerndon VB Juice Bar at Junction Square! 🍎 🥑 ❤️

#hipherndon #megdonnellylmtllc #novaweekendwarriors #herndon #herndonva #reston #restonva #restonherndon #herndonreston #healthyherndon #vbjuicebar

01/24/2020
Herndon Community Television (HCTV)

Check out this video of our first ever Wintermrkt! Thank you to the committee for all the hard work, to the Official Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring and making it happen, and to our town staff and volunteers! Mark your calendar for December 12, 2020 for this year’s event!

Last month Herndon held it’s first Wintermarkt celebration, attended by over 7000 people! Check out this video to relive the highlights and learn more about this new yearly tradition.

01/21/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Due to equipment issues, recyclables were not collected today in some neighborhoods. Please keep cans at the curb for pickup tomorrow, Wednesday. Thanks, and please share with your neighbors!

Breakfast started out so promising 🤦🏻‍♀️ Settled for the consolation prize eggs after cleaning up. Sigh.   I have to say...
01/10/2020

Breakfast started out so promising 🤦🏻‍♀️ Settled for the consolation prize eggs after cleaning up. Sigh. I have to say I’m proud of myself for not just heading to Anita’s for a breakfast burrito. Because I REALLY wanted to. @Herndon, Virginia

#TwelfthNight #willywonka #verucasalt
01/05/2020

#TwelfthNight
#willywonka #verucasalt

Work hard, play hard!  Can you find our former mayor Steve and town manager Art... and planning commission chair Kevin i...
01/05/2020

Work hard, play hard! Can you find our former mayor Steve and town manager Art... and planning commission chair Kevin in these pics? Always fun at Twelfth Night every year! Thanks, Keven and Scott for another fun night in downtown Herndon! Theme was Pop Culture 1965-75!

Happy New Year!  #2020 #southerncooking #blackeyedpeas #collardgreens #conecuhsausage Yum!  Diet starts when the kids go...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! #2020 #southerncooking #blackeyedpeas #collardgreens #conecuhsausage Yum! Diet starts when the kids go back to school!! ♥️🥂

12/31/2019
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Town offices and the Herndon Community Center are closed New Year's Day. The golf course is open 8am-dark. Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from the Merkels!     2009 & 2019 - What a difference a decade makes.... What happened to these itty bit...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from the Merkels!
2009 & 2019 - What a difference a decade makes.... What happened to these itty bitty Merklets? I am rapidly becoming the shortest member of the family! Hoping your holidays are cozy and you’re surrounded by the people you love most! #Family #Friends #Herndon 🎅🏼🎄🐶🥂🎁 ⛄️

12/20/2019
Town of Herndon Government

Monday alert!!!! And thank you DPW for working so hard to get things done on Monday.

ALL town residents should get recycling bins to curb on MONDAY for pickup, on December 23 and 30. Thank you!

12/14/2019

#HerndonWM Herndon WinterMarkt is ON in a little over an hour! Bundle up and come on down! The Gluhwein will be just what the doctor ordered! Prost!! 🍷 🍻 🎉

Feeling grateful for all that our town staff provides for us every day.  Thank you!!!
12/12/2019

Feeling grateful for all that our town staff provides for us every day. Thank you!!!

12/10/2019

Herndon WinterMarkt is this Saturday noon - 8pm on our Town Hall Squre and I hope to see you there! Officially kicking off the festivities at 12:30 w a toast with German diplomat Niels von Redecker! Prost! 🍻 🎄 🎉

This is going to be so much fun!!!
12/08/2019

This is going to be so much fun!!!

Gluhwein is a quintessential WinterMarkt beverage, and most have a collectible mug. We have a limited number of Gluhwein mugs available for purchase (with or without your first gluhwein pour). You will not want to miss getting this very first mug. Also, congratulations to Gyöngyvér Wemple who won a free mug in our Christmas in July participation events.

Today is the Holiday Homes Tour and tonight at 5pm we’ll be lighting the tree in front of Old Town Hall!   Check THIS ou...
12/07/2019

Today is the Holiday Homes Tour and tonight at 5pm we’ll be lighting the tree in front of Old Town Hall!

Check THIS out—- tonight the new LED smart poles on Town Hall Square will be playing holiday music AND will be illuminated in GREEN for the event, and dimmed just in time for me to flip the switch on the tree lights! All of this is courtesy of our Smart Cities project! Can’t wait to see you there!!!

Photo credit: Herndon Patch

Minute got a great grooming at Dog-a-Do in #Herndon! And a cute little bandana too!
12/05/2019

Minute got a great grooming at Dog-a-Do in #Herndon! And a cute little bandana too!

11/28/2019

Hope your day is filled with 🍗 🥧 🥂 and the people you love! Thank you to our Herndon Police Department for working on this holiday to keep us safe and sound! ♥️ 👮🏻‍♀️ 👮 #Thankful

Herndon Florist shared a perfectly #Herndon story today!  Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon!  I’m thankful for the opportunity...
11/27/2019

Herndon Florist shared a perfectly #Herndon story today! Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon! I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve as your Mayor and to live in the best town ever! 🍗 🥧 🥂 🌲 ♥️

So today we are reminded to be Thankful for our blessings, and I wanted to share something that happened to us yesterday. My staff and I were trying to get the shop ready for the holidays and on such a pretty day as we had yesterday decided to hang our heavy Holiday garland. We were struggling with it when 3 gentleman stepped out of their construction van, basically said "step aside ladies" and proceeded to get out their ladders and spent a good half hour hanging the garland for us. When they were finished I offered to pay them something or give them free flowers but they refused saying it was "our pleasure to help" and drove away. So when we are all feeling like humanity has lost it's way, you know it really hasn't! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Everyone!

11/26/2019
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Trash normally collected on Thursday routes will be collected Wednesday, November 27.

11/26/2019
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

Trash normally collected on Wednesday routes will be collected today, Tuesday November 26.

Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon! 🦃 🍁 🍗 🥧
11/22/2019

Happy Thanksgiving, Herndon!
🦃 🍁 🍗 🥧

Thank you to those who serve our country.... Herndon Veteran’s Day Ceremony
11/11/2019

Thank you to those who serve our country.... Herndon Veteran’s Day Ceremony

11/07/2019
Town of Herndon Government

Town of Herndon Government

No recycling collection Monday due to Veteran's Day holiday. Please get your recyclables to curb for Tuesday pickup. Thank you!

6th annual!  #itsON
11/07/2019

6th annual! #itsON

Mayor Merkel briefed business owners new to Herndon on town initiatives and happenings, at the annual Mayor's New Business Breakfast this morning!

Polls are open until 7pm!  #Vote
11/05/2019

Polls are open until 7pm! #Vote

Herndon, we’ve got a purple dumpster for glass recyclables!!  Thank you to our awesome town staff who worked to make thi...
11/01/2019

Herndon, we’ve got a purple dumpster for glass recyclables!! Thank you to our awesome town staff who worked to make this happen. And thank you to Fairfax county for being such great partners. #ItON

Herndon now has its own purple dumpster. Glass recyclables, no longer collected during curbside pickup, may be deposited here at the Public Works complex, 1479 Sterling Road.

#Halloween #Herndon @just_a_minute_123 @lila_merkel17 @tea.geary @reesegeary10  @ Herndon, Virginia
11/01/2019

#Halloween #Herndon @just_a_minute_123 @lila_merkel17 @tea.geary @reesegeary10 @ Herndon, Virginia

10/31/2019
Town of Herndon Government

🎃 ☔️

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to get out there early (before 7pm)this evening, before bad weather rolls in. Stay safe everyone!

We’re ON it!  So excited about this Smart Cities project! #herndon
10/24/2019

We’re ON it! So excited about this Smart Cities project! #herndon

The town and Vivacity DC continue preparing for pilot of smart city infrastructure in the downtown, to include LED light poles, free public wi-fi in the downtown, Internet of Things sensor equipment and more. Yesterday, reps from the University of Md and cities of Hyattsville (Md) and Alexandria toured the project with town and Vivacity execs.

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