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Sausalito's Form of Government

  • The City of Sausalito was incorporated in 1893 under the general laws of the State of California and enjoys all the rights and privileges applicable to a General Law City.
  • The City operates under a council-manager form of government.
  • There are five councilmembers who serve overlapping terms of four years, and the Council, in turn, elects one of the councilmembers to serve as mayor for one year. The Council selects a city manager to administer the affairs of the City.
  • The City provides the following services: public safety, highways and streets, sanitary sewer, storm drainage, culture-recreation, library, public works, planning and zoning, and general administrative services. 

Learn More About Sausalito City Government

  • City Council: Five-member elected body responsible for passing local ordinances, approving the City budget, and setting strategic priorities for the City.
  • City Council Special Committees: Special committees and task forces that support the efforts of the City Council in areas like finance and the update of the General Plan.
  • Boards and Commissions: Standing boards and commissions charged with oversight and decision-making within a specific area like historic landmarks or parks and recreation.
  • Webcasts: Live streams and archived video recordings of meetings of the City Council and several other boards and commissions.
  • Municipal Code: An online compendium of City of Sausalito ordinances. Ordinances which have been newly adopted will appear on the Newly Adopted Ordinances page while they are in the process of being codified into the code.
  • Local Elections: Information about the next City election, as well as archives of past elections.
  • Hot Topics: News and background information on important issues facing the City of Sausalito.
  • City Manager: Sausalito City Manager Adam Politzer's contact information and role as City Manager.
  • City Staff Directory: Alphabetical directory of City of Sausalito employees.
  • City Calendar: The schedule of upcoming City meetings and City-sponsored events.
  • City Departments: Information about the City's departments and the services they offer.
  • Transparency: Tools for understanding the City of Sausalito's finances, operations, and decision-making processes.