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.

Bull City Today

Bull City Today is a short news program designed for social media. Shows are less than a minute long and inform residents about what's going on inside Durham's City Hall. It airs weekdays on the City's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels.

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 channels.

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.