What could be the last meeting of the Greensboro City Council elected on Nov. 7, 2017, will be held at 5:30 Tuesday, July 19, in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber.
This City Council is believed to be the longest serving City Council on record. First elected to four-year terms on Nov. 7, 2017, and sworn into office on Dec. 5, the current City Council had its four-year terms extended by the state until after the election on Tuesday, July 26 – originally scheduled for Nov. 2, 2021 – was finally held and certified.
The Nov. 2, 2021 City Council election was first postponed because the US Census data necessary for City Council redistricting was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was then delayed again by the North Carolina Supreme Court so that legal challenges to statewide redistricting, which had nothing to do with the City Council election, could be settled.
The City Council has tentatively scheduled an “Organizational Meeting” for the newly elected City Council for Monday, Aug. 1, but that will be dependent on when the election results of the Tuesday, July 26 election are certified.
As soon as the election results are certified, the newly elected mayor and city councilmembers can be sworn into office.
Not all members of the current City Council have been serving for over four-and-a-half years. At-large Councilmember Hugh Holston was appointed by the City Council in September 2021 to fill the seat left vacant when former At-large City Councilmember Michelle Kennedy resigned to accept the position of director of the Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department.
In 2015, the voters passed a referendum to change the terms of the mayor and city councilmembers from two years to four years. So the 2017 election was the first to elect the members of the City Council to four-year terms and, as it turned out, they were elected to more than four-and-a-half year terms.
Until the July 26 election results are certified, nobody knows exactly how much more than four-and-a-half years the City Council will serve. If there is a delay in certifying the election, the current City Council will serve until the results are certified.