City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

August 16, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 27

Note from Tom


Police Chief Davis Earns National Leadership Role

On Wednesday, Police Chief C.J. Davis was installed as the 42nd national president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). This is a role of distinction as NOBLE represents more than 3,000 members worldwide, primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement.

It was an honor to attend her installation alongside Mayor Steve Schewel who conducted the swearing-in ceremony, as well as Councilmembers Mark-Anthony Middleton and DeDreana Freeman, and several members of the police department who attended the annual NOBLE conference in New Orleans.

This opportunity for Chief Davis is a statement to the respect she has earned throughout her more than 30-year career in law enforcement. It is also a statement to her commitment to the future vision and direction of policing. The City of Durham is proud to have her leading our Police Department and that her valuable talent and experience will be shared with the world.

Read more about Chief Davis and her new role.

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Durham Seeks Equitable Community Engagement Request for Proposals

The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is now seeking proposals from community-rooted organizations with experience structuring and managing a multi-phase community outreach process that can reach, involve, and engage diverse audiences in discussing engagement concerns as well as in developing equitable engagement goals and strategies. Learn more.

GoDurham Seeks Feedback on Proposed Service Changes

After reviewing travel markets and existing ridership patterns, and gathering public input, GoDurham has created a new short-range transit plan that should improve the reliability, on-time performance, and passenger experience on GoDurham routes. They are currently seeking feedback on the changes through August 19. Learn more.

DCHC MPO Seeks Comment on Tolling Study

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is asking residents to comment on their Triangle Strategic Tolling Study through September 10. Learn more.

Photo Highlight


Chief Davis is sworn in by as NOBLE President by Durham Mayor Steve Schewel

Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis Sworn-In as NOBLE National President

On Wednesday, August 14, Police Chief C.J. Davis was sworn in as the 42nd national president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Mayor Steve Schewel was present to conduct the swearing-in ceremony which took place during NOBLE's 43rd Annual Training Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.

Upcoming Events



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City in the Park

Friday, August 16, 3-6 p.m.
W.D. Hill at Hillside Park, 1301 S. Roxboro St.

Interested in free food, free school supplies, and free bike helmets (while supplies last) PLUS a chance to win a free kids' bike? Join us for “City in the Park,” a community event designed to get your input on the Move Durham Transportation Study! Come join us and check out all the departments and community partners that will have tables, info, and swag at this event! 
Learn more.

Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Tickets on Sale Now

Saturday, November 2, 7:30-10 p.m.
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center

The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health will be a culminating event of Durham 150, the official yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the City of Durham’s incorporation. The Closing Ceremony will explore the history of Durham through narration, video, live performance and music. Learn more.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network


Catch up with Bull City Wrap

Get a recap of this week's news in three minutes with the latest episode of Bull City Wrap.

In this week's episode: 
Grants from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity; Reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips into downtown; Sidewalk project to help seven high-use locations; Parks and Recreation improves management of officials for sporting events. Watch now.
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Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber Channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

Durham Water Works for You


Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.


Week of August 19:

  • Buchanan Blvd will be re-opened to traffic in both directions.
  • Shepherd Street will have traffic lane and sidewalk closures between W. Chapel Hill Street and Jackson Street to accommodate pavement repairs.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate sanitary sewer investigations and sidewalk installation.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of August 19:

  • Madison Avenue will be closed as storm water work continues.
  • Northwood Circle will be closed as storm water work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 
Water Tip of the Week: Planning a final summer trip? Shut off the water supply if you’re leaving home for a vacation or trip. This will eliminate any chance of water waste from unexpected line breaks or unauthorized outside faucet use.

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Durham Information Network is the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Follow our channels to stay engaged and informed, including Durham Television Network, the City Manager’s Report and the Citizens’ Newsletter.


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Social Spotlight

On ELGL's (Engaging Local Government Leaders) Annual City Hall Selfie Day, city staff and mascots showed their local government love with pictures in front of City Hall. Pictured below are: City Manager's Office staff, Water Management staff with mascot Wayne Drop, and Parks and Recreation staff with mascot Parkson Rex. Follow along @CityofDurhamNC.

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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service. Let us know how we can help you.

  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
  • Visit the website
  • Stop by the City Hall lobby desk at 101 City Plaza Hall, M-F between 8-5

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