Derby City Council is the local government unitary authority for Derby, a city in the East Midlands region of England. It comprises 51 councillors, three for each of the 17 electoral wards of Derby. Currently there is no overall control of the council, with the Conservative Party being the biggest party. Paul Simpson became Chief Executive in March 2020.
As a unitary authority, Derby City Council is responsible for all services within its boundary and is therefore distinct from the two-tier system of local government that exists in the surrounding county of Derbyshire. Outside the city, responsibility is shared between Derbyshire County Council and various district or borough councils, such as Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Erewash and Chesterfield.
Derby City Council has 51 councillors, with three councillors representing each of the 17 separate wards within the city. It operates a 'by thirds' operation of elections, meaning that one third of the councillors (one per ward) are elected at each local election for a four-year period. This results in there being local elections three years out of every four, with a fourth fallow year.
The council is led by a minority Conservative administration. The council's political composition is:
Coat of arms of Derby City Council
- Granted 12th May 1939
- On a wreath of the colours a ram passant Proper collared Or between two sprigs of broom also Proper.
- Argent on a mount Vert within park palings a buck lodged between two oak trees fructed Proper.
- On either side a buck charged on the shoulder with a sprig of broom Proper.
- Industria Virtus Et Fortitudo (Diligence Courage And Strength)