Durham, North Carolina
|Durham, North Carolina|
|Last mayoral election:||2013|
|Next mayoral election:||November 3, 2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||November 3, 2015|
|City council seats:||7|
|2014-15 FY Budget:||$389.9 million|
|Population in 2013:||245,475|
|Race:||African American 41.0%|
Two or More Races 2.7%
|Ethnicity:||Hispanic or Latino 14.2%|
|Median household income:||$48,241|
|High school graduation rate:||86.6%|
|College graduation rate:||46.6%|
|Related Durham offices|
|North Carolina Congressional Delegation|
North Carolina State Legislature
North Carolina state executive offices
- 1 City government
- 2 Elections
- 3 Budget
- 4 Contact information
- 5 Ballot measures
- 6 Lobbying
- 7 City website evaluation
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Durham 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.
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 and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.
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. Bill Bell is the current Mayor of Durham.
The Durham City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The Durham City Council is made up of seven members. Three members are elected from the city's three districts, while the mayor and three other members are elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
Boards and commissions
Twenty-four advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Durham 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.
For a full list of Durham city boards and commissions, see here.
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.
Durham's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $389.9 million.
Office of the City Council
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, N.C. 27701
To contact individual council members, see here.
As of October 2014, information on Durham's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
This information was last reviewed: 12/18/12.
- The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years
- Elected officials
- Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
- Administrative officials
- Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
- Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available
- The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years
- Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000
- Tax revenues and rates are available
- 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.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham, "City Manager," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham, "Boards and Committees," accessed on October 28, 2014
- Email correspondence with Michael E. Perry, Durham County Director of Elections on September 16, 2014.
- City of Durham, "City of Durham FY14-15 Final Budget Approved," accessed on October 28, 2014
- North Carolina General Assembly, "North Carolina General Statutes 160A-104," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Budgets," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Meetings and agendas," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Meeting video," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Meeting Minutes," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Elected officials," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Administrative officials," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Permits," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Audit," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Bids and contracts," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Durham "Tax revenue," accessed on October 28, 2014
State of North Carolina
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