Town Council Members

The Town Council is elected by the voters for two year terms. Elections are held in May of each year with two council seats elected one year and three seats elected the following year.  

Council Member Term Expires
Charles Bradsher 2020
Tom Burke 2021
Amy Koval 2021
Jim O'Hair 2020

Mayor and Town Council Member  Backgrounds 

Mayor James A. Ruspi and his wife, Jill,  have been residents of Laytonsville since 1979. However, since 1965 they have lived in other nearby areas in Montgomery County. His four children attended Laytonsville Elementary School before going to Gaithersburg High School. After graduating from Penn State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, Jim started working for the USDA where he worked for 37 years.  He retired in 2003 after working as a Program Manager for over 7 years. Jim is active in church and is a Past President of the Laytonsville Lions Club. He also served for 5 years on the Laytonsville Zoning Board of Appeals.  His hobby is gardening and  spending much of his time interacting with his 9 grandchildren, all of whom live nearby.

Charles Bradsher has been a resident of Laytonsville since 1999 and has served as a Council Member since 2002. Charles works at the Pentagon for the Department of Defense and also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard. Charles is a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church. He volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout Den Leader. Charles and his wife Kris have two sons, Chip and Bennett.

Tom Burke grew up in Laytonsville and returned to his childhood home  in about 2012. 

Amy Koval, our newest Council member, has been a resident of  Laytonsville since August of 2017. She and her husband Tom, live in Laytonsville Preserve..  They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Amy is a physical therapist and has worked for the Montgomery County Public Schools since 1993. Amy is looking forward to serving on the council during this period of growth for the community.


James R. O’Hair has been a resident of Laytonsville since 1990. Jim has worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation for the past 33 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University and Master’s Degree from Boston College. For the past 34 years he has served as an Adjunct Graduate Faculty member for the University of Maryland. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of Maryland (former Vice President) and the Employee Assistance Roundtable (former Vice President). He is a current member of the Laytonsville Lions Club and for twelve years chaired the Laytonsville Town Picnic Planning Committee. He and his wife Mari-Josette have one daughter, Elena.

Past Town Managers and Mayors 


1947-1953     Grover D. Armstrong
1953-1955     Augustus W. Lee


1956                 W. W. White
1956-1958      Lewis Kibbee
1958-1961      W. W. White
1961-1964      Luther C. Howard
1964-1969      W. W. White
1969-1971      James L. Tessier
1971-1979        Stanley A. Mills
1979-2003       Charles T. White
2003-2011       Charles W. (Willard) Oland
2011 - 2016     Danny Prats, Jr.

2016 - Present    James A. Ruspi






P.O. Box 5158
Laytonsville, MD 20882
301-869-7222 FAX

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