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.

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

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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.

#Natitude in #Herndon!
10/22/2019

#Natitude in #Herndon!

Our officers and staff are showing their #nattitude today for Game One of the World Series! N-A-T-S NATS NATS NATS WOOOOOO! #stayinthefight #finishthefight Washington Nationals #herndonpd ⚾️🦈💙

Happy Homecoming, #Herndon!  Great day for a parade!  Go Hornets!!!@herndonyac @herndonpolice @herndon_parks @hhsthestin...
10/19/2019

Happy Homecoming, #Herndon! Great day for a parade! Go [email protected] @herndonpolice @herndon_parks @hhsthestinger @ Herndon Historic District

One of my fave days of the year!  See you there!  #GoHornets #HoCo
10/19/2019

One of my fave days of the year! See you there! #GoHornets #HoCo

The 2019 HHS Homecoming Parade will roll off at 9:30 tomorrow morning (10/19). Stay tuned to Twitter (@HerndonPolice) for road closure updates. Go Hornets!

Thank you to Girl Scout troop 2421 for leading the pledge tonight and for all their ideas to give back to our community!
10/15/2019

Thank you to Girl Scout troop 2421 for leading the pledge tonight and for all their ideas to give back to our community!

Hoping to find a better solution, but this is the current situation.
10/03/2019
Town of Herndon Government

Hoping to find a better solution, but this is the current situation.

This week, Fairfax County announced that they will no longer accept glass as part of single stream recycling. As a result, the town will no longer accept glass in our curbside recycling collection program. We are looking at options for residents to recycle glass, including participating in Fairfax County’s purple container program, https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/recycling-trash/glass. During this transition we encourage residents to reuse glass containers when possible or to recycle glass at the closest purple container located at Reston South Park and Ride, 2531 Reston Parkway. If those are not feasible options, please place glass in the trash for collection. We understand the inconvenience and frustration this may cause and will provide updates as glass collection processes change. Residents whose recyclables are not collected by the town should consult with their collection provider.

Lila and I always take the pup with us when we drive Lila to school.   This morning Dave took her on his way to work ins...
10/02/2019

Lila and I always take the pup with us when we drive Lila to school. This morning Dave took her on his way to work instead. Minute DOES NOT UNDERSTAND! #puppiesofinstagram🐾

Last night Dave and I were out celebrating our anniversary and ran into a friend!  So great to see Dan— he says Hello, H...
09/22/2019

Last night Dave and I were out celebrating our anniversary and ran into a friend! So great to see Dan— he says Hello, Herndon!

Congratulations to our newly promoted HPD officers!! 👮🏻‍♀️ 👮 Herndon Police Department
09/16/2019

Congratulations to our newly promoted HPD officers!! 👮🏻‍♀️ 👮 Herndon Police Department

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09/12/2019

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Today is #NationalPoliceWomanDay and we want to shout out Chief Maggie DeBoard, Det. Lora Baker, SPO Denise Randes, and Officer Lucy Scott! You ladies are strong, amazing, and talented and we are so lucky you are part of our team! #PoliceWomanDay #herndonpd

09/11/2019

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Another Sunday, another ride at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern honoring our heroes!  I met two of the off duty first responders...
09/08/2019

Another Sunday, another ride at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern honoring our heroes! I met two of the off duty first responders who helped us last week (and they helped Councilmember Jennifer Baker and me wave the flag!! Photo coming soon!!) Jimmy presented $3000 to support HPD FOP and our Firefighters, raised at last week’s event! Oh! And the Buffalo Bills kick off at 1pm! Happy Sunday, y’all!!!

Last night Chief DeBoard updated the Council on Monday night's incident with all the details that have been made public....
09/05/2019

Last night Chief DeBoard updated the Council on Monday night's incident with all the details that have been made public. If you'd like to hear what happened straight from the souce, click this link to the audio of last our meeting, and scroll your cursor over to the image of the town seal/video window and slide forward to about the 38 minute mark. Thank you to our Herndon Police Department, Fairfax County Police Department and the Virginia State Police who all aid in keeping our community safe.

http://herndon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1639

INCIDENT UPDATE: The Fairfax County Police Department has released the names and charges in relation to Monday night's incident.
Full release: https://bit.ly/2lyVHAl

Herndon Police Department
09/03/2019

Herndon Police Department

INCIDENT ALERT: An HPD officer was involved in a shooting near Locust and Spring while responding to a report of an armed robbery nearby. Both suspects are in custody and there is no active threat to the community. There are no injuries. The investigations at the scenes will be going on through the night.

All other information will be posted via Twitter @herndonpolice.

This gray day can’t get me down!  I mean, #Lover is on repeat and I can’t get enough of “The Man” and “I Forgot That You...
08/28/2019

This gray day can’t get me down! I mean, #Lover is on repeat and I can’t get enough of “The Man” and “I Forgot That You Existed” ♥️👠💃🏻 @taylorswift you are an inspiration and I love hearing my 11 year old singing these at the top of her lungs! @taylornation

I ♥️ our Herndon Police Department!Congratulations and thank you!
08/28/2019

I ♥️ our Herndon Police Department!
Congratulations and thank you!

HPD was once again recognized by Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police & Foundation through their 2019 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards! We were recognized with THREE awards, including the Commonwealth Award for the most outstanding traffic safety division in the state (regardless of size)! We are proud of our department for the service and education they provide to our community.
*Commonwealth Award (best in the state regardless of size)
*Law Enforcement Challenge- 1st Place (based on department size)
*Special recognition for our education and enforcement of impaired driving

L to R: Sgt. Steve Brown, Sgt. Brian Hamilton, Sgt. Sean Merritt, Cpl. Robert Ronk

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