Fort Worth City Council
How Your Government Works
Incorporated in 1873, Fort Worth did not adopt the council-city management approach – the most popular form of government in the United States today – until 1924, when it received a charter from the Texas Legislature.
In the Fort Worth council-city management form of government, council members represent the people in their geographic districts. Six members constitute a quorum. Council appoints a professional city manager to administer and coordinate municipal operations and programs. City Council members also appoint the city secretary, city attorney, city auditor, municipal court judges and citizens who serve on city boards and commissions.
Council members are elected from the district in which they reside, with the exception of the mayor who is elected at large. The mayor is the official head of the city's government and represents Fort Worth on ceremonial occasions. The mayor is a voting member of the City Council, presides over council meetings, and represents the council to the public. The mayor may respond to citizen concerns by appointing special committees to address particular issues. Council members and the mayor are elected for two years terms, after which they must step down or run for re-election. In the absence of the mayor, the mayor pro tem presides over council meetings.
Duties of the council also include setting the tax rate, approving the budget, planning for capital improvements, adopting all city ordinances, selecting citizens to serve on boards and commissions, and approving major land transactions, purchases and contracts.
Find your district
Use the address lookup tool to find your district. Individual district maps are available on council district pages.
Council meetings, which are open to the public, are conducted at 7 p.m. on the first and second Tuesdays of the month and 10 a.m. on the remaining Tuesdays in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St., unless otherwise posted.
Pre-Council sessions begin at 3 p.m. on the days of evening meetings and at 8:30 a.m.on the days of morning meetings in the Pre-Council Chamber at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St., unless otherwise posted.
Please see the Calendar of Public Meetings and Agendas on the home page of this site for a detailed schedule.
Get notified when agendas post by subscribing to our Online Council Packets.
Use our online form to email all council members, or visit the district pages to contact individual councilmembers.
Learn more about how district boundaries will be changing in 2013 on the Redistricting page.