Jan. 9, 2019: Cynthia Newbille was appointed as the President of the Richmond, Va., City Council on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Newbille, a the Seventh District Councilman, was the Council’s Vice President for the last two years. Newbille, a Richmond native, has been a Richmond City Councilman since 2009. Her district includes Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill, Fulton and Rocketts Landing. She will occupy the largely-ceremonial position of the presidency for the final two years of the Council's term, which ends in 2020. As the Council President, Newbille is charged with presiding over meetings of the full City Council; assigning Councilmen to subcommittees; making sure the Council's rules are followed; and working as a point-of-contact between the City Council and the Mayor's Office. She will also have an automatic seat on prominent boards in the region, such as the Greater Richmond Partnership and Venture Richmond. Newbille’s predecessor as Council President, Chris Hilbert, nominated Newbille for the position at the Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, City Council meeting. No other Councilmen were nominated. Hilbert is scheduled to switch positions with Newbille and finish out the term as the Council’s Vice President. Hilbert has represented the North Side's Third District since 2005, and he was previously the Council’s Vice President.