ABOUT CITY GOVERNMENT
Incorporation. The City of El Paso de Robles was organized, formed and incorporated under the laws of the State of California on March 11, 1889. It has a "Council-Manager" general law form of government where the City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Municipal Corporation. The Council acts as the board of directors of the municipal corporation and meets in a public forum where citizens may participate in the governmental process.
In 2014, the City celebrated its 125th Year Anniversary - see a timeline of the City's history here!
City Council. The City Council consists of five members elected at-large, on a non-partisan basis. Residents elect the Mayor and four Councilmembers, making each accountable to the entire citizenry.
Council members serve four-year overlapping terms. The mayor is directly elected and serves a two-year term. The City Council establishes City policies, approves ordinances and resolutions, makes land use decisions, approves agreements and contracts, hears appeals on decisions made by City staff or advisory committees and sets utility rates. The Mayor and City Councilmembers receive a monthly stipend set by resolution.
The City Manager. The City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer of the City. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to enforce city laws, to direct the operations of city government, to prepare and manage the municipal budget, and to implement the policies and programs initiated by the City Council. The city manager is responsible to the City Council, and directs departments and operations.
The City Attorney. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and works under contract to the City. The City Attorney is the legal advisor for the council. He or she provides general legal advice on all aspects of city business and represents the city in legal actions.
The City Clerk. The Clerk is an elected official. The City Clerk is charged with responsibility of maintaining records of council actions, permanent records of all city transactions and documents, and coordinating the citys elections. The Deputy City Clerk is an appointed staff position who assists the City Clerk in carrying out all duties.
The City Treasurer. The City Treasurer is an elected position responsible for the custody and investment of all city funds.
Boards, Commissions, and Special Committees. Boards, commissions and special committees composed of local citizens are frequently appointed by the City Council to advise the City Council in one or more aspects of city government. Typical advisory committees include parks & recreation, streets and utilities, airport, youth and senior citizens. Planning Commission implements Council development and land use policy, and makes recommendations for policy revisions.
City Work Force. One of the major investments a city makes is the city’s work force—employees and volunteers who perform the day-to-day functions necessary to provide services to the community.
Administering specific functions of city government and responsible to the City Manager are the directors of public works, community development, library and recreation services, administrative services, and the police and fire chiefs. Performing those functions are staff and a host of skilled volunteers.
Volunteerism is the backbone of civic responsibility and the city believes volunteers are an integral part of the city’s efforts to maintain a high level of excellence. It is committed to the premise that building strong, supportive relationships between the city and citizenry leads to municipal progress and personal enrichment. To that end, the city extends numerous and on-going volunteer opportunities to participate in and contribute to city government; develops individuals through efficient training and thoughtful supervision; and deploys volunteers in meaningful and effective ways. By supporting its many volunteer programs, the city strives to encourage personal happiness and fulfillment; to strengthen the quality of the citizenry; to maintain a high level of customer service; and to position itself for the opportunities and challenges of the future.