About Paso Robles City Government

The City of El Paso de Robles is a general law city 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 Council:

  • establishes policies, adopts ordinances and approves resolutions;
  • makes land use decisions;
  • approves agreements and contracts;
  • sets water and sewer rates, and 
  • approves the City’s Budget. 

The Council appoints a City Manager, who is the chief executive officer of the municipal corporation. The Manager hires staff, recommends policies to the Council, and is responsible for the administration of all City programs. The Council acts as the board of directors of the municipal corporation and meets in a public forum so that citizens may monitor and participate in the governmental process.

In 2014, the City celebrated its 125th Year Anniversary.

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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. Councilmembers serve four-year overlapping terms. The mayor is directly elected and serves a two-year term. The Mayor and City Councilmembers receive a monthly stipend set by resolution.