City Council

The City of Derby operates under a mayor-council-manager form of government, which combines the strong leadership of elected officials with the managerial experience of a professional city manager.

The Mayor and City Council comprise the Governing Body. These elected officials are political leaders for the Derby community, and the Governing Body sets the policy for the City organization.

The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Derby City Hall, 611 Mulberry Rd.

Due to COVID-19, seating in the Council Room is limited to Council Members, minimal staff, and only necessary others in the meeting room. Social distancing protocols are in effect during the meeting. Masks may be removed when speaking at the podium. Members of the public desiring to speak to the Council during Public Forum must submit a request to the City Clerk by noon on the day of the City Council Meeting. City Clerk Lynn Ciarleglio may be reached at or 788-3132. You may also send comments to the City Clerk by noon on the day of the meeting, and those comments will be read aloud at the meeting.

For Public Hearings on specific agenda items, you do not have to sign up in advance to speak. You may send your comments to the City Clerk by noon on the day of the meeting, and those comments will be read aloud at the Hearing. If attending in person, you may be asked to wait outside the meeting room for your turn to speak and/or to exit the room after speaking to allow space for others.

Questions or comments on agenda items may be submitted to your elected officials directly by e-mail or phone before the meeting
 or to the City Clerk.

City Council meetings are televised live on local Cox Cable Channel 7 and on the City's websiteMeetings are rebroadcast on Channel 7 on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.


City Council members are elected by ward. Wards cover a specific geographic area of the city. The City of Derby has with two City Council members elected from each ward. View the Ward Map.

Ward I
Rocky Cornejo
Tom Keil
Ward III
Rick Coleman
Nick Engle
Ward II
Elizabeth Stanton
Jack Hezlep
Ward IV
Chris Unkel
Jenny Webster

The principal job of the City Council is to establish the general policies under which the city operates. City Council members are the democratic "voice of the people" and exercise the public’s will by concentrating on issues that are responsive to the needs and the wants of the citizens.


The City Council accomplishes this by:
  • Enacting ordinances and resolutions
  • Approving the appointment of the City Manager, Municipal Judge, vacant City Council seats, and members of advisory boards and commissions
  • Reviewing and approving the annual budget, setting the tax rate and approving the financing of city operations
  • Establishing city fees and utility rates
  • Authorizing and approving contracts on behalf of the city
  • Monitoring city programs and services to ensure they are being accomplished in the best possible way