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The Town of Iron Gate is organized under a Mayor-Council form of government which is responsible for supervising and directing the day-to-day operations of the town.

The mayor is elected for a two-year term and presides over meetings of the council and is recognized as the official head of the town for all ceremonial purposes, by the courts for the purpose of serving civil process, and by the Governor for military purposes. In time of public danger or emergency, he maintains order and enforces the law.

The Town Council sets policy and serves as the legislative, law-making body responsible for adopting ordinances and resolutions, approving annual operating and budgets, establishing tax rates and fees, and appointing citizen members of boards, committees, and commissions. The six council members are elected at-large and serve overlapping four year terms. A vice mayor is chosen from council by the mayor.

Regular Town Council meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month at Iron Gate Town Hall, while a work session is scheduled each Monday of the week preceding regular monthly meetings. All meetings are public with the exception of executive sessions.

Mayor- Charles W. Unroe (email:
Vice Mayor- Richard Erskine
Ashley Prior
James Mays, Jr.
Kawahna Persinger
Ashley Nicely
Don Hall
Town Attorney: Jared Jenkins  (email:


Clerk’s Office - 540-862-0770

The town clerk is appointed by council and is responsible for keeping all papers, codes, documents, and records pertaining to the town. The clerk is also the point of contact for FOIA requests and can be emailed at

Public Works - 540-862-0770

The Iron Gate Public Works department is the life blood of the community, the focal point to services provided to the town residents. The Public Works staff performs daily activities which include weekly refuse collection, weekly brush and bulk pick-up, and maintain all municipal properties. The public works department manages the town’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Our staff assures that the utilities provided to our citizens are delivered consistently without interruption. The Public Works Department is committed in serving excellent, effective, and a safe and healthy environment for our citizens.

Town Sergeant and Fire Chief Norman Duff 1960s
Town of Iron Gate's Cowpasture River Rec Area Shelter