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City Council

Welcome to the Chattanooga City CouncilCouncil Chambers

Mission Statement

To promote an ethical, inclusive environment which enhances and sustains the well-being of the people.

  • Significantly reduce crime to make Chattanooga a safer community to live, work and play.
  • Repurpose all existing City-owned vacant lots.
  • Promote small businesses throughout the City.
  • Increase revenue sources.
  • Achieve well maintained roadways.
  • Develop and promote vocational education.

Chattanoogans elect a Mayor and all nine Council members on the first Tuesday in March of every fourth year.  The next elections will be held on March 7, 2017.  To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast; if no candidate garners a majority, a run-off election is held between the two candidates that received the most votes.  Runoff elections are held on the second Tuesday of April.  Mayor and Council receive oath of office and their new terms begin on the first Monday after the second Tuesday of April.  The inauguration ceremonies have historically been held at 10:00 am at the Tivoli Theatre. In April of each year the Council elects a Chair and Vice-Chair.  For the current Council year, Dr. Carol Berz is Chairwoman and Councilman Moses Freeman is Vice Chair.

In order for an item to appear on the Council Agenda, it must first be presented in a committee meeting; exceptions may be made with approval of either the Council Chair or Vice-Chair, or any two members.  The Council works through a committee structure and committee assignments are made by the Council Chairperson.

Council meetings are streamed live each Tuesday, beginning with the Agenda Session and committee meetings at 3:00 p.m.  The Council Meetings, which start at 6:00 p.m, are also streamed live each Tuesday.  Click this link to view the meetings: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chattanooga-council-meeting.

The Council also holds weekly Strategic Planning meetings that are open to the public every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room of the City Council Building.


City Council
1000 Lindsay Street(map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone:(423) 643-7170
Fax: (423) 643-7199

Photo by Phillip Stevens & Matt Lea