Mayor and Council Members
Weldon W. Hurt
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Six City Councilors represent each of six "places" in the city (three north of S. 1st Street and three south of S. 1st) but are elected and serve "at-large", representing all the citizens of Abilene. Councilors serve staggered three year terms with two members up for reelection each year.
The Mayor is also elected at large and also serves a three-year term. There are no term limits for either the Council or the Mayor.
The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the City of Abilene, a "home-rule" city, operating under the authority of the city charter, adopted in 1962. The council enacts legislation, adopts the budget, sets the tax rate, determines policies, approves the Mayor's appointment of the City Manager, City Secretary, City Attorney, Municipal Court Judge, and all Boards and Commissions members.
The Council receives information from the following groups to decide issues and set policy:
- Recommendations from City staff based upon study and analysis
- Inquiries and information from citizens
- Decisions and advice from City Boards and Commissions
- Professional advisers/consultants as needed
The City Council holds regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 555 Walnut Street; second Thursday meetings begin at 8:30 am, and fourth Thursday meetings begin at 4:30 pm. In November and December, the meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays due to the holiday schedule. At times, the Mayor and City Council meet in special session to discuss urgent matters.
- At least 21 years of age
- A citizen and qualified voter of the State of Texas and the City
- Shall have resided within the City for at least 12 months preceding election day
- Three members of Council shall be residents of the City north of the Texas & Pacific Railroad Company main line, and three shall be residents of the City south of the Texas & Pacific Railroad Company main line
- The Mayor may be a resident of any part of the City
- Neither the Mayor nor any member of the Council shall hold any other office or employment under City Government while a member of the Council, nor hold any other paid employment under City Government within two (2) years thereafter, unless such employment be an elective office
- Residence requirements shall be effective only as of the date of the election of each member of the Council, but a member of the Council or the Mayor ceasing to reside in the City shall immediately forfeit office
The Mayor and Members of the City Council shall be elected at-large. Such term for Council members shall be on a three year staggered basis and the Mayor shall also serve for a term of three years. The Mayor and each Councilmember shall receive compensation at a rate of one ($1.00) dollar per year of service. (Section 6 & 8, Charter)
The regular election to places on the Council shall be held on the first Saturday in May of each year.
A runoff election required to be held as a result of an election held on the first Saturday in May of each year shall be held not earlier than the 20th day or later than the 45th day after the date of the final canvass of the first election. (Section 2.025, Texas Election Code)
1. Prepare Your Request
- Include the date of your request
- The description of your subject
- Approximate time your presentation will take
- Date of the City Council meeting at which you would like to present the subject
- Your signature
2. Mail Your Request
- City Secretary
City of Abilene
P.O. Box 60
Abilene, TX 79604
- Requests must be received at least eight (8) calendar days prior to the council meeting at which you would like to appear
3. Your Request is Received
- The city secretary will forward your request to the Mayor & City Manager for approval
- If the request is approved, you will be notified of the City Council meeting date & time at which your subject will be considered
- If the request is denied, you will be notified of the denial