City Manager

The Office of the City Manager is responsible for the administration of all city activities and services, primarily overseeing day-to-day functions and long range planning for the organization.

Appointed by City Council, the manager implements policies and programs adopted by City Council and provides professional policy recommendations. General department oversight includes: City Council agendas and preparation and presentation of the city’s annual budget.

City Manager Presents the Preliminary 2020-21 Budget

Proposed Budget Reflects Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing financial uncertainty and lost revenue caused by COVID-19, City Manager Tom Bonfield presented a proposed FY20-21 budget with no property tax rate increase and including the creation of a special COVID-19 response and recovery fund.

City Manager Tom Bonfield present the proposed FY2020-21 budget from City Hall Chambers while wearin


Strategic Plan: A Roadmap for Durham's Future

Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the office ensures that City services support making Durham a great place to live, work and play by focusing on 5 strategic goals.


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