City Council


The City Council is the governing body of the City of Bristol. The Council consists of five (5) persons, three of whom are elected from three (3) council districts by the eligible voters of the city at large and two (2) of whom are elected to at-large seats by the eligible voters of the city at large. Council members are elected on a non-partisan basis for a staggered four-year term of office. Annually in July, the City Council selects one of its members to serve as mayor for a one-year period and one of its members to serve for a one-year period as Vice-Mayor. The Mayor presides at all meetings of city council and is the ceremonial head of the city, but has no other executive or administrative powers or duties. The Vice-Mayor serves in the absence or disability of the Mayor. As the legislative body of the city, the Council is responsible for approving the appropriation of money and the collection of taxes; the approval of bonds and notes; and the enactment of laws (ordinances).

 Front left to right: Margaret Feierabend  Councilwoman, Chad Keen Councilman,
Michelle Dolan Mayor,  Jack Young Councilman, Lea Powers Vice Mayor




Michelle Dolan was elected to City Council in 2011. She was selected by council to serve as Mayor for a period beginning July 2013 through June 2014. She is Vice President of Lighthouse Supply Company, a wholesale lighting supply company located in Bristol Virginia which she owns with her husband Kevin. Michelle is a native of Sullivan County, graduating from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Marketing. She is a 2011 graduate of LEAD! Bristol, the 2011 Citizens Municipal Academy, and currently serves on the executive committee of the Tara Hills homeowners association. Prior to her election to the City Council, she served on the city's Tree Board. Michelle and Kevin have three children – Corban, Anna, and Megan.

Email:   Phone:  (423) 989-5545

Lea Powers was elected to City Council in 2013.  She was selected by council to serve as Vice Mayor from July 2013 through June 2014.  Lea is the Financial and Operations officer for Burke, Powers and Harty, Inc., insurance agency, owned by her family.  She has lived in Bristol for the past 31 years with her husband Rush and their three grown children.  Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters of Education Administration.  She has served as the President of the Junior League of Bristol and is the recipient of the Sue Merrill Shawl Memorial Award for Volunteerism.  She serves on the Bristol Speech and Hearing Board, Girl’s Inc. Board, Fund Raiser for Healing Hands Health Care Center and is a member of the Bristol Rotary Club. She is also a member of Central Presbyterian Church.  Lea’s focus as a business owner, is to provide outstanding services and marketing Bristol to its full potential in an effort to drive greater Economic Development and Employment for the region.

Email:   Phone:  (423) 989-5545

Margaret Feierabend (pronounced ‘fire-robin’) was elected to City Council in May 2005. In July 2009 she was selected by council to serve as Vice-Mayor until July 2010. In July 2010 she 

was selected by council to serve as Mayor until July 2011. Feierabend previously served on City Council from 1994-2001, including a term as Bristol’s first female mayor from 1997 to 1998. Feierabend continues her advocacy for children and youth by co-chairing Bristol’s Promise: Youth Networking Alliance, working with Bristol Area Youth Council and PTA. She works for preservation – for historic Bristol, our cultural heritage, and our natural beauty of creeks, knobs and parks. An advocate for strategic planning, Feierabend believes we must “plan our work and work our plan” to accomplish our goal of keeping Bristol a great place to live, work and play. Feierabend maintains that positive citizen involvement is the key to making this happen, especially through effective neighborhood associations. More information is available at

Email:   Phone:  (423) 764-3336

Chad Keen was elected to the City Council in May 2013 and assumed his four-year term of office in July 2013.  A lifelong resident, Chad is founder/owner of Keen Promotions, a business that he started in 2000.  Prior to that, he served as plant manager with Specialty Manufacturers where he was responsible for vertical integration of manufacturing.  Chad received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from King University.  He serves as chair of Healing Hands Health Center and is also a member of the Bristol Rotary Club.  Chad's goals as a member of council include the unification of greater Bristol; growth of the community; and a focus on education in Bristol.  Chad and his wife Kathy have three children, two of whom are in college and one who attends Tennessee High School.

EMAIL:   Phone:  (423) 989-5545

Jack Young was appointed to City Council in August 2013 to a vacant at-large seat.  He is active in the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Victory Baptist Church.  He is a graduate of the 2011 Citizen’s Municipal Academy and 2012 LEAD Bristol.  Prior to City Council, he was a commissioner at Bristol Tennessee Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  Jack’s work experience is manufacturing where his role is both quality and continuous improvement.  He graduated with a Master in Business Administration from Saint Leo University.  He also has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Pre-Medicine and Biology from Clearwater Christian College.  Jack and wife Carolyn have three children – Jesse, Claire, and Julia. 

EMAIL:   Phone:  (423) 212-3636