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City Government

The City of Elk Grove operates under the Council/Manager form of government, a system that combines the policy leadership of elected officials in the form of a city council, with the managerial expertise of an appointed city manager.

Elk Grove is a general law city under California law with five elected representatives on the City Council, the mayor and four councilmembers. The office of the elective mayor is decided by the voters, with the position elected citywide (at-large), having a residency requirement within the City limits, and serves a two-year term.  There are four council residency districts, and starting in 2020 council members will be elected by district (elected by voters of the district alone) and serve four-year terms. Each councilmember must reside within the district of the city that they oversee.

The City Council is the legislative body of Elk Grove. It has a broad range of municipal powers including the review and approval of an annual budget, establishing community goals and objectives, approving the City's general plan and proposed sphere of influence, reviewing and approving major projects and hearing community problems and concerns.

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief administrative officer of the organization. The City Manager is responsible for administration of City affairs, day-to-day operations, and implementation of Council policies.

The City Attorney, also appointed by the City Council, advises and represents the City and City Council in all legal affairs.

Government in Action

Council meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Council meetings can be seen on Cable Channel 14, or viewed online.

If there are questions or issues of interest to the public within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City that you wish to bring to the attention of the Mayor and the City Council, we encourage you to contact City staff, the City Manager, Mayor, any member of the City Council, or address the issue during public comment of a regular meeting.

A member of the public may request that an item be placed on a future agenda during public comment or through communication with Council members. Visit the City Council page to contact the Mayor or the council member representing the district in which you live. If you are unsure which Council district you reside in, check the map of Council districts.

Contact our Ask Elk Grove staff at or (916) 691-CITY (2489) to connect your request to a responsive department staff member.   

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