Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr.
Lea had previously served on Roanoke City Council and the Roanoke City School Board. In Danville, VA, Lea served on Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He was also a former member of the board of directors of the Danville YWCA.
Lea graduated from Dan River High School in 1971 and later he graduated from Virginia Union University with a degree in sociology. He attended Old Dominion University’s graduate school of Urban Studies and received an honorary doctor degree in humane letters.