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 2018
Dave Preusch 2017
Tom Burke 2017
Jim O'Hair 2018

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 2000. 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(14) and Bennett(9).

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

Dave Preusch has been a resident of Laytonsville since 1992. Dave has served as a Council Member for the Town since 1995. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) who works for WEST Consultants, Inc. a civil engineering/water resources company. Dave and his wife, Sherry, have two adult daughters, Jessica and Jennifer, who both live and work in Montgomery County.


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
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