The City of Colonial Heights is organized under the council-manager form of government. The City Council is the governing body that makes all policies for the administration of the city. The seven-member council is elected at large by the voters to staggered, four-year terms and a portion of the council is elected every two years.
The council members elect a mayor from their number for a two-year term. The Mayor presides over meetings of the council and is recognized as the head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes.
The City Council is charged with providing for the organization, conduct, and operation of all departments, boards, commissions, offices, and agencies of the city through the effective development and communication of desired city policy.
By a majority vote of all its members, the City Council directly appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney. Subsequent to recommendation by the City Manager, the council also appoints the City Assessor and Purchasing Agent.
Budget & Appropriations
The council approves the Annual Budget and all appropriations for the city, including the number, titles, and compensation of all officers and employees of the city.