The Kinston City Council is comprised of 5 Councilmembers and the Mayor. The Councilmembers and Mayor are elected to 4 year, staggered terms every two years. They are elected "at-large" and each represent everyone in the city, as opposed to districts. The Mayor leads all meetings of the City Council. The Mayor is not a regular voting member; however, may vote in the event of a tied vote. The Mayor appoints a Mayor Pro Tem from the elected City Councilmembers.
The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney and the City Clerk. The City Attorney acts as legal counsel for the City. The City Clerk is the custodian of the official records for the City Council and serves as liaison between the Mayor, City Councilmembers and the public. Those wishing to reach the Mayor and City Councilmembers, should contact the City Clerk.
Videos & Broadcast of Meetings
The City Council meetings are broadcast live on Government Access Channel 2. The meetings are replayed at 10 am, 7 pm and midnight daily.