Detroit City Council
|Detroit City Council|
|Founded||1824 (as the Common Council)|
|Council committees||Public Health and Safety
Budget, Finance, and Audit
Planning and Economic Development
Neighborhood and Community Services
|Council last election||November 5, 2013|
|13th floor, Coleman A. Young Municipal Building|
The Detroit City Council is the legislative body of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The City Council consists of nine members elected for a four-year term in a single election conducted on an at-large and non-partisan basis. According to the city charter, the candidate who receives the highest number of votes becomes president of the Council, and the member receiving the second highest number of votes becomes the president pro tempore.
The City Council was first constituted as the legislative body of the city in 1824, and was called the Common Council until July 1, 1974. Prior to 1918, the council was elected from city wards. However, starting in 1918, all city council members were elected at large, unusual for a city of Detroit's size. On November 4, 2009, city voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to once again elect most of the council by districts beginning in 2013, while allowing for two at-large seats.
Vacancies and special elections
If a vacancy occurs 30 days or more before the filing date for a city-wide general election or previously scheduled city-wide special election, the vacancy will be filled in that election for the remainder of the term. If the vacancy occurs less than 30 days before an election filing date, then a subsequent special election will be called by the City Council for the purpose of filling the vacancy for the remainder of the term. No special election will be held for a vacancy occurring after March 1 in the year of a city-wide general election.
- Saunteel Jenkins - Council President
- Andre L. Spivey - Council President Pro Tempore
- Charles Pugh
- Ken Cockrel, Jr.
- Brenda J. Jones
- James Tate
- JoAnn Watson
Two spots are currently vacant on the Detroit City Council, following the resignations of Kwame Kenyatta and Gary Brown on June 21, 2013 and June 24, 2013, respectively. On July 8, 2013, Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr ordered the Council not to fill the vacancies in a cost-saving measure.
Starting in 1919, nine Detroit City Council members were elected at large. Members of the council, from 1919 to the present, are:
- About the City Council, Detroit City Council website, accessed March 1, 2009
- Josar, David (November 4, 2009). "Plan to elect council by districts wins". The Detroit News. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
- Elected President by vote of Council Members on July 9, 2013
- Joe Guillen (July 9, 2013). "Detroit City Council chooses Saunteel Jenkins as president, Andre Spivey as president pro tem". Detroit Free Press.
- Elected President Pro Tem by vote of Council Members on July 9, 2013
- Elected Council President by voters in 2009, stripped of title, pay, and powers in June 2013
- Matt Helms and Joe Guillen (June 27, 2013). "Kevyn Orr strips absent Charles Pugh of city salary, powers; his car turns up at City Hall". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- Joe Guillen and Matt Helms (July 8, 2013). "Kevyn Orr directs Detroit City Council not to fill 2 vacancies". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "Detroit City Council, 1919 to present". Detroit Public Library. Retrieved November 6, 2010.