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
Paul Simonetti 2019
Tom Burke 2019
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 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.  

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.

Paul Simonetti  is one of the newest members of the Council. He owns Simonetti Insurance Associates, and Allstate Agency on Rt. 97 (Georgia Avenue) in Glenwood.

He and his family moved to Laytonsville eleven years ago to join Philips North America’s Government Relations Office to advocate for health and well-being, and technologies that create more livable communities. As an Allstate agent, he continues to support the community to promote safe teen driving at area high schools, and disaster preparedness too.

Paul is a graduate of Fordham University. He and his wife Lisa have three daughters, and a new grandson.

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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