Three top government positions in Lynchburg now held by women

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Friday was a moving day of sorts at Lynchburg City Hall.

Bonnie Svrcek spent her first official day as Lynchburg's City Manager in a new front office.

"I am feeling the joy, the pressure, and the burden of leading our city," Svrcek told WDBJ7. "It's exciting."

Down the hall Joan Foster returned to a space she has occupied before.

"Same desk, same chair, same office," said Foster. "The surroundings are familiar."

Foster was elected Friday morning to serve as mayor, a position she held for six years between 2006 and 2012.

Treney Tweedy, a fellow council member, was elected vice mayor. That means the top three leadership positions in Lynchburg's city government are now held by women.

"It wasn't just handed to any of the three of us," said Foster. "We've worked very hard for those positions."

Foster and Svrcek are city hall veterans. Foster has been on city council since 2002, longer than anyone else. Svrcek has been deputy city manager since 1999.

"I have aspired to be the city manager for a long time," Svrcek said.

Now that she's in the position, Svrcek hopes to inspire a new generation of young women to go after leadership posts of their own.

"If we can't see it, we can't be it," Svrcek said. "Now younger women and younger girls can say wow, I can aspire to be a city manager."

Or the mayor, or vice mayor. The women are proving it's all possible.