In its ongoing effort to improve ways to address resident concerns and provide service and support for Service members and their families who choose to live on post, Belvoir initiated the Mayor Program.
The program relies on a volunteer staff of 15 Service members, who serve in a key leadership role, called mayors, who represent each of the 15 distinct neighborhoods or villages of Fort Belvoir.
The Mayors meet with the Garrison Commander once a month to discuss installation events, programs, issues and concerns. Mayors also work with the newly established Fort Belvoir Ombudsman to assist in resolving village resident concerns and enhance communication between housing residents and the garrison leadership.
Mayors will handle everything from fielding complaints and directing residents to authorities who can help, to addressing issues with command leadership, according to Dr. John Moeller, deputy to the garrison commander. Mayors will also help guide new programs that serve the community. Housing mayors are Service members representing the multiple service branches on Belvoir. The deputies can be military or civilian. Mayors and their deputies must live in the village they represent.
Moeller said issues addressed by the mayors and their deputies include any areas or concerns impacting the quality of life of Belvoir residents. “Whatever those issues are, the mayors are empowered to work with their communities, the unit sponsors and command or garrison leadership,” said Moeller, who provides senior level oversight for the program.
A major part of a Mayor’s role is disseminating information to the residents and elevating their concerns. Facebook pages have been established for each of the Mayor’s villages to communicate information and activities of interest to their villages. Residents are encouraged to join their respective community groups to ensure they are connected and receiving pertinent information.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mayor Program, go to the housing portal located on the home page of the Fort Belvoir website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like to contact the Fort Belvoir Ombudsman, call 540-273-7450.
How to reach your Mayor
To contact your mayor, send them an email at their email address listed above and join your village’s Mayor Facebook Group by visiting the Fort Belvoir Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortbelvoir and searching in the “Groups” section.