The Mayor and City Council serve part-time and are elected on a nonpartisan basis. The Mayor, elected at-large (City-wide) for a two-year term, is the official head of the City government and serves as the presiding officer at City Council meetings. Voters elect one Council member in each of the City's six electoral wards and each Council member so elected must reside in his or her respective electoral ward. Two Council members are elected at-large. Each Council member is elected for a four-year term with four Council members being elected every two years. Regular municipal elections are held in the City every two years in odd-numbered years.
The City has a Council-Manager form of government with City Council being responsible for establishing policy, passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees and the City's legal counsel, as well as hiring the City's chief administrative officer, the City Manager. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the governing board, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the City, and for the appointment of the Department Heads who direct City staff to deliver the services and to meet the goals of the organization.
City Council and Town Hall Meetings
The Lexington City Council holds regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Monday of the month (with the exception of July and December whereby one meeting is held on the second Monday) at City Hall at 7:00 p.m. The Mayor and City Council also hold quarterly Town Hall meetings rotating among the City's wards to share information on City government and to gain input or hear concerns from citizens.
City Council regular and Town Hall meeting dates, agendas, digests of action and minutes can be found by visiting the calendar. The agendas are posted to the calendar event as soon as available, which is typically a minimum of two days prior to the meetings. The digest of action which summarizes action taken at the meeting is posted the following day. The detailed minutes from the meeting are posted after they are approved by City Council, which occurs at a subsequent City Council meeting.
City Council's Goals
Please review City Council's goals for the community.
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Mayor Newell Clark
The Mayor conducts meetings in Lexington City Hall at 28 West Center Street. Please visit the following link if you would like to schedule a meeting with Mayor Clark.
Mayor Clark seeks opportunities to actively promote Lexington! Please click on the following links for a recent visit by the Governor, a television appearance and business journal article:
Mayor Clark in The Wall Street Journal "For This Mayor, It's Push-Ups Before Politics" (February 9, 2015)
Mayor Clark on WGHP-TV FOX 8 News - 'Think Local First' supports entrepreneurs (January 9, 2014)
"The Battle of Lexington" (Source: Business North Carolina May 2012 edition)
To Find Your Voting Ward
Please visit the Voting Wards for Mayor and City Council if you would like to know which Councilor represents you. Be sure to visit the calendar for the next Town Hall meeting in your Ward and Sign up for eNews to be notified!
To Contact City Council
City Council welcomes your feedback. Please feel free to contact City Council or schedule a meeting with Mayor Clark.