Welcome to the City Council
Southfield voters elect the seven-member (7) City Council at-large
as the governing body of the City. The City Council is active in local, county, state and federal levels of government and takes particular interest in being fully advised of legislation that affects Southfield’s residential and business communities. All powers of the City shall be vested in and exercised by the Council, which shall constitute the legislative body of the City, and which shall have the power and authority to adopt such laws, ordinances, and resolutions as it may deem proper.
Four seats of City Council are elected in odd-year November elections. The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes hold their offices for a term of four (4) years, and the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes serves for a term of two (2) years.
The Council President is chosen by the Council members and presides over the Council meetings. The President Pro Tem is also elected by the Council members. The City Council considers and evaluates major policy concerns through a study committee structure consisting of Finance, Legislative, Neighborhood Services, Boards & Commissions and the Site Plan Committees.