City Council

​Charlotte City Council - 2015-2017

Charlotte City Council 

 (l to r): Council members Greg Phipps, Dimple Ajmera, Ed Driggs, Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles, LaWana Mayfield, Claire Fallon, Mayor Jennifer Roberts, James Mitchell, Patsy Kinsey, Al Austin, Julie Eiselt, Kenny Smith.

​About the Charlotte City Council

Charlotte has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and 11 council members elected every two years in November, and a professional city manager to run the day-to-day operations. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a city-wide vote. Seven council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.

Charlotte adopted the council-manager form of government in 1929. This form of government divides responsibilities between elected officials and an appointed city manager.

The mayor and city council are the "board of directors" for this municipal corporation. As such, they set policy, approve the financing of all City operations and enact ordinances, resolutions and orders. Their responsibilities also include appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions.

The city manager, functioning as the chief operating officer, administers the policy and decisions made by city council and oversees the day-to-day operations of City government. It is the city manager's responsibility to ensure that all City services are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner and to provide vision and leadership to the City organization. 

The duties of the mayor and council

Together, the mayor and city council members are responsible for establishing the general policies under which the City operates. These include

  • appointing the city manager, city attorney, city clerk and members of various boards and commissions enacting ordinances, resolutions and orders;

  • reviewing the annual budget, setting the tax rate and approving the financing of all City operations; and

  • authorizing contracts on behalf of the City.​



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