Welcome to the Office of the City Manager

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Greetings to our Redwood City residents, businesses, visitors, and community!

Welcome to the City Manager's Office

The City Manager’s Office is responsible for implementing all of the City Council’s policy decisions and direction, providing leadership and direction to department heads and other staff, as well as working with both Council and staff to develop action plans and programs to support the City’s mission, values and priorities and serve our great community.

Redwood City operates under the ‘council-manager’ form of government, meaning that the Council appoints the city manager, who is then responsible for the administrative and staff-appointment duties. The City Council also appoints the city attorney and the city clerk, and makes appointments to City boards and commissions. Contrary to the ‘strong mayor’ form of government (such as that in Oakland, San Francisco, and some other cities), the day-to-day operations of the City are under the authority of the city manager.

The City Manager appoints and manages the City’s department heads (Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Public Works Services Director, Community Development Services Director, Human Resources Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director, and Finance Director).

There are a number of guiding and strategic documents to assist the City of Redwood City serve the community and deliver on its mission statement of ‘We Build a Great Community Together’. For example, the City of Redwood City periodically conducts a Neighborhood Survey as a means for the community to provide valuable feedback on city services and programs, customer service, sense of community, and other important values. The City Council approves a strategic plan to provide a high level guiding document to support strategic goals and measure outcomes. The Budget is the City’s financial roadmap to support the City’s strategic plan and goals and contains funding details to deliver city services, programs and capital improvement projects. 

Please let us know how we can assist you as we strive to ‘Build a Great Community Together’. Stay connected with us by signing up for The City’s E-news and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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