|Last mayoral election:||May 6, 2014|
|Next mayoral election:||2018|
|Last city council election:||May 6, 2014|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||8|
|2015 FY Budget:||$1.1 billion|
|Population in 2013:||246,139|
African American 42.8%
Hispanic or Latino 7.3%
Two or More Races 3.4%
|Median household income:||$44,164|
|High school graduation rate:||85.3%|
|College graduation rate:||25.4%|
|Related Norfolk offices|
|Virginia Congressional Delegation|
Virginia State Legislature
Virginia state executive offices
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Norfolk 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. Paul Fraim is the current Mayor of Norfolk.
The Norfolk 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 Norfolk City Council is made up of eight members. Seven members are elected by the city's seven wards, while the mayor is elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
Boards and commissions
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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk city boards and commissions, see here.
Norfolk's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $1.1 billion.
1006 City Hall Building
810 Union St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 664-4268
To contact individual council members, see here.
Norfolk City code provides for initiative and referendum powers for city ordinances. An initiative petitions requires signatures equaling 10% of electors who cast their votes a the last preceding regular municipal election for council members. A referendum petition requires signatures equalling 25% of these electors but not fewer than 4,000. Circulators of the petition have 120 days to gather signatures and must get approval of the form, content and language of the petition from the city attorney. If a petition for an ordinance meets the 10% minimum signature requirement the ordinance goes to the legislature. If the legislature fails to pass the ordinance, a second petition requiring signatures equalling 25% of electors but not fewer than 4,000 must be successfully filed to put the ordinance onto the ballot.
In 2013, Norfolk's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $130,000. 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. 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 Norfolk filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|4||Environment & Superfund|
|3||Law Enforcement & Crime|
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
- See also: Evaluation of Virginia county websites
This website was reviewed on December 3, 2011.
- City council members are listed with contact information.
- Meeting minutes are posted, along with schedules and guidelines for meeting participation.
- Taxes are payable online.
- Tax rates are posted for real estate taxes and personal property taxes.
- Bid opportunities are posted.
- Bid awards are posted.
- Administrative officials are listed with contact information within department pages.
- Budgets are posted.
- Audits are available.
- The city posts its lobbying agenda.
- Zoning information and maps are posted.
- Building permits are posted.
- The amount spent on Taxpayer-funded lobbying is not posted.
- No information is available on public records requests.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Norfolk, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Norfolk, "City Manager," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Norfolk, "Council Membership," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Norfolk, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Norfolk, "2015 Budget Overview," accessed on October 28, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Norfolk, VA," accessed on October 28, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- City of Norfolk, "City Council," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Council Meeting Minutes," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Online Payments," accessed December, 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Real Estate Taxes," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Personal Property Taxes," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Current Bids," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Public Works Bid Awards," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Budgets," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "CAFRs," accessed December 3, 2011 (dead link)
- City of Norfolk, "Intergovernmental Relations," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Zoning," accessed December 3, 2011
- City of Norfolk, "Applications and Forms," accessed December 3, 2011