The Council consists of 7 members: 6 Council Members and the Mayor who are elected at-large and serve 3-year terms. Council Members serve without pay.
The Mayor presides at meetings of the Council and may vote on all matters coming before the Council. The Council elects, from among its members, a Mayor Pro Tempore who acts as mayor in the absence of the Mayor.
A quorum is a majority of members.
Bedford is incorporated as a home rule city and operates under the council-manager form of government. All powers of the city and the determination of policy are vested in an elective Council which enacts legislation, adopts budgets, determines policies, and appoints the city manager to execute the laws and administer the government of the City.
To be a quality residential community balanced with an environment for planned economic vitality.
Be responsive to the needs of the community.
Demonstrate excellent customer service in an efficient manner.
Provide for a safe and friendly community environment.
Foster economic growth.
Protect the vitality of neighborhoods.
Encourage citizen involvement.
Support and develop arts and culture in Bedford.
Top 3 Focus Areas
2018 Strategic Plan (PDF) This document is the result of the City Council and staff engaging in a strategic planning process to create a vision for the future of the Bedford community and outlining a path forward towards its achievement. The City Council is being asked to consider the 2018 Strategic Plan that establishes City Council’s leadership vision and clear strategic focus areas, initiatives, priorities, and policies.