Nominating petitions for City Council candidates available Jan. 14
The city of Durango will conduct its regular biennial council election on April 6. Three council members are to be elected at-large to represent all residents of the city. The top three vote getters from the final field of candidates will be elected to four-year terms beginning April 20. The seats up for election are held by Dean Brookie, Melissa Youssef and Chris Bettin. Mayor Brookie is term limited.
To appear on the April 6 ballot, candidates must submit a nomination petition, which must be circulated for signatures from at least 25 registered electors who live in the city of Durango. Nominating petitions can be obtained at the City Clerk’s office starting Jan. 14. Completed petitions must be returned to the City Clerk no later than 3 p.m. Feb. 9.
In addition to submitting a qualifying nomination petition, a candidate must be:
- A registered elector
- Eighteen years old by April 6 (Election Day)
- A resident of Durango, or a territory recently annexed to Durango, for the 12 consecutive months prior to April 6
Complete information on rules and procedures for Durango city elections, plus links to several resources can be found at DurangoGov.org/Elections or by calling the City Clerk’s office at (970) 375-5010.
Coronavirus emergency meeting adjustments
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus emergency and the safer-at-home order, the City of Durango has adjusted public meeting procedures. Community members can submit their comments about an agenda item via email, or some meetings will allow the public to attend the virtual meeting using the Zoom app. You can find more details on our meetings page.
Regular City Council meetings can be viewed live, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting, on Durango Government Television (DGOV) on Spectrum cable channel 191 or 981, over-the-air with an antenna on channel 10.1, or streaming online at DurangoGov.org/DGOV or Facebook.com/CityofDurango.
All study sessions, board, and commission meetings will continue to be audio only, and can be accessed by clicking the “view media” link next to the appropriate agenda on our meetings page.
A Message From the Mayor
Welcome to Durango! As officials of our wonderful city, we are excited about creating a thriving, healthy quality of life for the Durango community and we work hard to keep the flavor of Durango’s fascinating historical heritage very much alive. With over 550 full- and part-time employees, plus seasonal help, our goal is to provide excellence in city government with outstanding results.
Contact City Council
You can send an email to CityCouncil@DurangoGov.org or you can fill out this form to send comments to City Council. Be advised, the City Manager also receives the emails or completed forms. You can also visit a Councilor’s page below to contact them directly.
We strive to offer great facilities and services that meet our residents' and visitors' needs. We are dedicated to promoting a sustainable economic viability while we responsibly steward our community's resources. And finally, we have a strong commitment to protect our environment and preserve the open space of our beautiful natural lands. We hope you enjoy Durango as much as we do!
Duties & Responsibilities
All City Council members serve the community at large and thus do not represent specific wards or precincts. The mayor is recognized as the head of the city government and presides at all meetings, but has no regular administrative duties and no power of veto. The position of mayor is held by a councilmember for one year and the current members of council vote amongst themselves each April to decide who will hold the mayor and mayor pro tem position. The City Council makes policy and legislative decisions for the City of Durango.
Regular City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, beginning at 6:30pm. Less formal study sessions are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, beginning at 4:00pm. The meetings are held in the Smith Council Chambers at City Hall. Because there may be changes in the schedule, please check the schedule of meetings. Agendas for the meetings are posted on the preceding Fridays.
How to participate in a City Council meeting
Each regular City Council meeting (held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, beginning at 6:30 p.m.) offers an opportunity for public participation. The Public Participation section of the agenda is set aside for questions or comments by the public regarding items that do not otherwise appear on the agenda.
If you would like to address City Council during Public Participation, wait until the mayor announces the agenda item and raise your hand. When called on, please step up to the podium and state your name and address for the record. You may then address your comments or questions to City Council. Please limit your time to 3 minutes to give other members of the public a chance to speak. When you are finished, you may return to your seat. Council will listen to all of the public participation before responding. If you have audio/video for your presentation, you must deliver the files to the City Clerk no later than 12 Noon, the day of the meeting. Files will not be accepted at the meeting.
Please be aware that regular City Council meetings are televised live on DGOV, on Charter Cable HD channel 981, SD channel 191, over the air for antenna users on channel 10.1, and on-demand at DGOV's webpage.