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The mayor serves as the presiding officer of the City Council, votes on all matters, and appoints individuals to citizen boards, committees and commissions.

William V. "Bill" Bell

•  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UDI/CDC (1996 - present)
•  Retired Senior Engineer, IBM Corporation (1996)
•  Former Durham County Commissioner 1972 -1994, 1996 - 2000 (chairman 1982-94)

•  Howard University, B.S. Electrical Engineering
•  New York University, M.S. Electrical Engineering
Elected to Council: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011

Term Expires: 2015

City Council Committees Appointed by Mayor
•  Council Procedures Committee
•  Joint City-County Committee
•  Legislative Committee
•  Durham Chamber of Commerce
•  Triangle Transit Authority
•  N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition
•  Transportation Advisory Committee
•  Gang Reduction Strategy Steering Committee

Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) Results
MPRI Collaboration Site - email Toya Merritt to join site
Education Action Steps
Finance Action Steps
Health Action Steps
Job Action Steps
Public Safety Action Steps





2015 State of the City Address
State of the City Speech
State of the City Presentation Slides
State of the City Video
2014 Year In Review Video

Previous State of the City Addresses

Durham Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Triangle Region Transit Consolidation / Implementation Plan

Durham YouthWork Internship Program

American Jobs Fact Sheet

Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Durham Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell has joined forces with more than 600 mayors from across the country in a coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group is committed to working together to share best practices, develop innovative policies, and support legislation at the national, state, and local levels that will help law enforcement target illegal guns. Each mayor in this coalition has signed a statement of commitment to this fight. Visit the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website to learn more.

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William V. "Bill" Bell
Mailing Address
Office of the Mayor
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, N.C. 27701
(919) 560-4333, ext. 10269
(919) 560-4801
Home Address
1003 Huntsman Dr.
Durham, N.C. 27713
Home Phone
(919) 544-5597

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