Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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General information
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Mayor:Alan P. Krasnoff
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:May 6, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:9
2014-15 FY Budget:$923 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:230,571
Gender:51.2% Female
Race:White 63.0%
Hispanic or Latino 5.0%
African American 30.0%
Asian 3.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.5%
Two or More 3.1%
Unemployment:4.6%
Median household income:$70,244
High school graduation rate:89.6%
College graduation rate:28.4%
Related Chesapeake offices
Virginia Congressional Delegation
Virginia State Legislature
Virginia state executive offices
Chesapeake is a city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. As of 2013, its population was 230,571.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Chesapeake utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, carrying out council policies and hiring most senior-level city employees.[2]

Mayor

The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Alan P. Krasnoff is the current Mayor of Chesapeake.[2]

City council

The Chesapeake City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]

Membership

The city council consists of nine members including the mayor. All are elected at-large.[2]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Advisory boards

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Chesapeake City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[3]

For a full list of Chesapeake's commissions, boards and committees, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: Chesapeake, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

The city of Chesapeake, Virginia held elections for city council on May 6, 2014. Five of the eight council seats were up for election. Elections are held every two years on the first Tuesday in May to fill expiring terms.[4][5][6]

Budget

Chesapeake's approved operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $923 million.[7]

Contact information

City Clerk
306 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Phone: (757) 382-6151

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot Measures

As of August 2014, the city of Chesapeake does have a local initiative process. For more information, see Laws governing ballot measures in Virginia and Laws governing local ballot measures in Virginia.

Lobbying

In 2013, Chesapeake's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $138,000.[8] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[9][10] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Chesapeake filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
3 Fed Budget & Appropriations
1 Transportation

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on December 2, 2011.

The good

  • City council members are listed with term expirations and contact information.[11]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[12]
  • The city outlines its lobbying goals.[13]
  • The city provides information on federal stimulus funds it has received.[14]
  • Audits are posted.[15]
  • Budgets are posted.[16]
  • Zoning information is posted,[17] and building permits are available.[18]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are posted.[19]
  • Bid opportunities are posted,[20] along with contract awards.[21]
  • Administrative contacts are listed in departmental pages.
  • Local tax rates are posted.[22][23]

The bad

See also

External links

References

  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed August 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 City of Chesapeake, "Plan of Government," accessed on August 26, 2014
  3. City of Chesapeake, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
  4. City of Chesapeake, Virginia, "Council and Mayoral Elections," accessed April 28, 2014
  5. City of Chesapeake, "Election Information," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. City of Chesapeake, "Official candidate list," accessed May 5, 2014
  7. City of Chesapeake, "Operating Budget for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2014," accessed on August 28, 2014
  8. Open Secrets.org, "City of Chesapeake,VA," accessed on August 28, 2014
  9. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. City of Chesapeake, "City Council Members," accessed December 2, 2011
  12. City of Chesapeake, "Council Meetings," accessed December 2, 2011
  13. City of Chesapeake, "Legislative Package," accessed December 2, 2011
  14. City of Chesapeake, "Recovery and Reinvestment Act," accessed December 2, 2011
  15. City of Chesapeake, "Annual Reports," accessed December 2, 2011
  16. City of Chesapeake, "Budget Department," accessed December 2, 2011
  17. City of Chesapeake, "Zoning Administration," accessed December 2, 2011
  18. City of Chesapeake, "Building Permits and Inspections," accessed December 2, 2011
  19. City of Chesapeake, "CAFR," accessed December 2, 2011
  20. City of Chesapeake, "Solicitations," accessed December 2, 2011
  21. City of Chesapeake, "Recent Contract Awards," accessed December 2, 2011
  22. City of Chesapeake, "Local Tax Rates," accessed December 2, 2011
  23. City of Chesapeake, "Real Estate Taxes," accessed December 2, 2011
  24. City of Chesapeake, "FOIA," accessed December 2, 2011