|The City of Santa Cruz was incorporated as a town in 1866 and received its first charter as a city in 1876. In 1948, the city adopted a new City Charter. This charter established a council/manager form of government, with the Mayor and six Councilmembers setting policy for the city, and city manager serving as chief administrator of those policies.
The seven Councilmembers are elected at-large for four-year terms. The terms are staggered so that three or four council seats are filled at the general election in November of each even numbered year. Service on the Council is limited to two consecutive terms. Each year in November, the Council elects one of its members as Mayor and another as Vice Mayor.
The City Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month and may schedule other special meetings. Council meetings are cablecast LIVE on Community Television of Santa Cruz County, Comcast channel 25 and Charter channel 71.
The City Manager is responsible for the overall administration of the City and for seeing that the City Council policies are carried out.
The City Clerk is responsible for Council meeting process and functions, information and records management programs, advisory bodies matters, public bid openings and liability claims processing. The City Clerk is also the City's election official.
City Charter and Municipal Code
The on-line Municipal Code may not be current with all adopted ordinances. Recent ordinances are available for you to review, to make sure there are no updates to the section you’re interested in.
Independent Police Auditor
The Independent Police Auditor is responsible for reviewing citizen complaint reports against the Police Department.