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City Council​

Thornton is a home rule city operating under the Council - Manager form of government. The city council consists of the Mayor, elected at large, and eight Council members, two elected from each of the city's four wards.
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Note: Please direct all invitations or requests for attendance to the City Manager’s Office to 303-538-7002 or


​About City Council

Thornton City Council serves as the legislative and governing body of the city of Thornton. The mayor serves a four year term and the council members serve staggered four year terms. Their terms start on the first city council meeting following their election. The mayor and council has the authority to adopt laws, ordinances, and resolutions as needed to conduct the business of the city, and by ordinance, may enter into contracts or intergovernmental agreements to furnish, receive services, or to provide for cooperative service delivery. The city council appropriates from the city treasury the funds needed to conduct the business of the city. Thornton staff annually submits a budget to the city council for their review and approval. The annual budget establishes spending levels within the various city funds. The city council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, the Municipal Court Judge, and the various members of Thornton's Boards and Commissions.

Community Meetings

Community Meetings are held at community facilities throughout Thornton each quarter. They include a chance to connect with your elected officials and city of Thornton employees about Thornton programs and services. These meetings are hosted by city council representatives in each of the city's four wards. The goal of the meetings is to enhance city council's communication with citizens, to answer residents' questions, and share information about city services.

All meetings begin at 6p.m. To find out when your next community meeting is scheduled, please check out our community calendar on our website's home page or call the City Manager's Office at 303-538-7002.

Ice cream socials are held during our Summer Concert Series events. This is another chance for residents to meet their council members and enjoy a great concert and free ice cream. There is one held in each Ward. For additional information visit the Twist & Shout Concerts page under Arts & Culture.