Darlington Borough Council is the local authority for the market town of Darlington in County Durham, North East England. The Authority was originally a non-metropolitan district of Durham County Council but absorbed the powers of the County Council in 1997 upon becoming a separate unitary authority. As of 2011 Darlington Borough has a population of 106,000 residents. The current Leader of the borough council is Bill Dixon of the Labour Party. The Chief Executive is Ms Ada Burns.