Durham, North Carolina

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Durham is a city in [North Carolina]. The 2010 census reported the population at 228,330, making it the fifth-largest city in the state and the 94th largest in the United States. It is the home of Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Durham is the county seat of Durham County, and portions extend into Wake and Orange Counties.[1]



See also: Durham, North Carolina municipal elections, 2015

The city of Durham, North Carolina will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 3, 2015. A primary will take place on October 6, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 2, 2015. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.[2]

Elected Officials

Name Title
William Bell Mayor
Cora-Cole McFadden Mayor Pro Tem
Eugene Brown Councilmember
Diane Catotti Councilmember
Howard Clement III Councilmember
Steve Schewel Councilmember
Michael Woodard Councilmember

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Germaine Brewington Director of Audit Services
Alex Terry Auditor
Bertha Johnson Budget Director
Patrick Baker City Attorney
Steve Medlin Planning Director
Reginald Johnson Interim Director of Community Development
Kevin Dick Economic and Workforce Development Director
David Boyd Director of Finance Department
Bruce Pagan, Jr. Fire Chief
Joseph Clark Director Fleet Management
Joel Reitzer, Jr. Director General Services
Alethea Bell Director Human Resources
Beverly Thompson Director of Public Affairs
Rhonda Parker Director Parks and Recreation
Jose Lopez, Sr. Police Chief
Marvin Williams Director Public Works
Donald Long Director Waste Management
Kerry Goode Director Technology Solutions
Mark Ahrendsen Director of Transportation


Total appropriations for FY 2011-12 is $362,511,227. Personal services account for 46% of expenditures, followed by operations (27%), debt service (15%), transfers to other funds (11%), and transfer to fund balance (1%).[3]


In 282 grants and contracts, Durham received a total of $131,328,689 in federal stimulus money.[4]

Local taxes

Property taxes generated $131,415,227 in FY 2011-12, followed by other taxes amounting to $37,927,983. Property taxes generate the most revenue than any other source.[5]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

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See also: Evaluation of North Carolina city websites

This information was last reviewed: 12/18/12.

The good

  • Budget
    • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[6]
  • Meetings
    • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas are published,[7]
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are archived dating back to 2006, as are meeting videos.[8][9]
  • Elected officials
    • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[10]
  • Administrative officials
    • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[11]
  • Planning
    • Permit applications are available for download[12] and zoning ordinances are available[13]
  • Audits
    • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[14]
  • Purchasing
    • Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000[15]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues and rates are available[16]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • If the county engaged in lobbying actives or if it's a member of government sector lobbying associations are not disclosed. Nor is the total cost lobbying activities or membership dues for associations available.
    • Although references to lobbying are available in council minutes, employed lobbyists, memberships to lobbying organizations, and associated fees are not available.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
    • Public records request policies and downloadable forms are unavailable, although retention and disposition schedule is available.

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