ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke City Councilman Dave Trinkle says he will not seek reelection after serving on the council for 12 years.
“I did not arrive at this decision easily,” Trinkle said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to be a part of a fantastic City Council for over a decade. I truly love this community and plan to pursue other opportunities where I can remain engaged and continue to contribute to the exciting – and critical -- next steps for Roanoke."
Trinkle is currently the second-longest consecutive tenured member of the Roanoke City Council, second to Mayor Sherman Lea.
Trinkle first took office on July 1, 2006, and has served three terms as vice mayor.
“The thing I am perhaps most proud of is the drastic change in street talk,” Trinkle said. “People now take pride in Roanoke and talk positively about their city with lots of excitement. They no longer compare us to other communities – in fact, other communities are now looking to Roanoke for ideas and best practices.”
A geriatric psychiatrist, Trinkle is the associate dean for community and culture and associate professor of psychiatric medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). He is also the geripsychiatric consultant to the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at Carilion Clinic Center for Healthy Aging and to numerous nursing homes in the Roanoke Valley.