Kinston Mayor and City Council

About the Mayor and City Council

The Kinston City Council is comprised of 5 Councilmembers and the Mayor. The Councilmembers and Mayor are elected to 4 year, staggered terms every two years. They are elected "at-large" and each represent everyone in the city, as opposed to districts. The Mayor leads all meetings of the City Council. The Mayor is not a regular voting member; however, may vote in the event of a tied vote. The Mayor appoints a Mayor Pro Tem from the elected City Councilmembers. You can review the Kinston City Council Reference Manual to learn more about the Council's role in City operations.

Staff Appointments

The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney and the City Clerk. The City Attorney acts as legal counsel for the City. The City Clerk is the custodian of the official records for the City Council and serves as liaison between the Mayor, City Councilmembers and the public. Those wishing to reach the Mayor and City Councilmembers, should contact the City Clerk.

Videos & Broadcast of Meetings

The City Council meetings are broadcast live on the Government Access Channel for citizens who have their cable subscription with Suddenlink, broadcast Live on the City of Kinston Facebook page, and may be streamed from the Agenda and Minutes page. 

Kinston City Council Regular Meetings and Work Sessions

  • 1st Tuesday of each month (except holidays) the Regular City Council meeting is at 5:30 pm
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month the Work Session is at 5:30 pm
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December) the Regular City Council meeting is at 7 pm

​Citizen Comment

To provide a Citizen Comment at a virtual meeting, call the City Clerk at 252-939-3115, or use the Citizen Comment Form.
  1. Robert Swinson IV

    Council Member

  1. Antonio Hardy

    Mayor Pro Tem

  1. Felicia Solomon

    Council Member

  1. Chris J. Suggs

    Council Member

  1. Barbara Seaforth

    Council Member

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available on Friday before the meetings. Minutes are available after City Council approval.

View the Most Recent Agendas and Minutes or View the 2024 City Council Schedule of Meetings