City Government 101

Learn about the main aspects of city government

Richmond City Council is the legislative body of Richmond's government. The council consists of 9 members who represent Richmond's 9 voter-districts. City Council typically meets every second Monday of each month at 6pm in City Hall to discuss legislature. The council forms standing committees, issues awards, and passes ordinances and resolutions. The work of the council effects every aspect of city life, from road maintenance and public schools to property taxes and trash collection.  

Richmond School Board oversees the operations of all Richmond public schools. The council consists of 9 members, just like City Council, who represent Richmond's 9 school districts, and a superintendent. The School Board typically meets every first and third Monday of each month at 6pm in City Hall to discuss education related issues. The board develops, reviews, revises, and adopts policies for Richmond’s schools concerning both programs and operations. The School Board must also ensure the district operates in compliance with the code of Virginia, and the Virginia Board of Education.

Richmond Mayor's Office provides vision and leadership in creating municipal policies, and developing solutions to both long and short-term issues. The mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term, representing all Richmonders and leading the promotion of the city's relationship with the private sector, other governmental bodies, and Richmond's own citizens. The mayor's office also administers the day-to-day operations of the city, and advises City Council on the financial condition of the city particularly through submitting budgets to the council.