City Council Guide

City Council is the legislative and policy-making body for Durham and is the final authority on city matters. The council:
  • Appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and members of boards, committees and commissions
  • Approves the annual budget
  • Authorizes contracts on the city’s behalf
  • Enacts ordinances, resolutions and orders
  • Establishes general city policies
Council Composition
Durham has a council-manager form of government. City Council has 7 members: 3 from specific wards, 3 at-large, and the Mayor. Terms are staggered, with nonpartisan elections every 2 years.

Be Informed - Watch DTN
CityLife is a talk show produced by the City’s Office of Public Affairs that highlights Durham City government services, issues and upcoming events.

City Hall This Week
City Hall This Week is a news program about government matters, services and events that affect your life every day.

Both shows air on DTN (Time Warner Cable channel 8 and AT&T U-verse channel 99) and on demand on the city’s website. Look for DTN also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

City Manager’s Report
Getting the latest news and information from the city is as easy as opening your email. The City Manager’s Report from City Manager Thomas J. Bonfield highlights the latest happenings in Durham City government. Signup to receive this weekly permission-based newsletter.