General Law City
Emeryville is a general law city, restricted to the exercise of powers specifically outlined in the State general law. This is in contrast with a charter city whose broader range of powers are locally set by an original charter voted on by the city's electorate.
Form of Government
The City of Emeryville has a City Council-City Manager form of government. Under this form of government, the Emeryville City Council is the legislative body responsible for setting City policy and adopting the City budget.
The five City Councilmembers are elected at large by the Emeryville electorate for four-year staggered terms. Elections are held in odd-numbered years, with three Councilmembers elected in one cycle and two Councilmembers elected in the alternate cycle. Councilmembers must be electors of the City and must have been residents of the City for the year preceding the election.
Every year, the five City Councilmembers select a Mayor and Vice-Mayor from among themselves. The City Councilmembers also serve as the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency.
The City Council appoints a City Manager, who is the administrative head of the city government and also serves as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency.
The City Manager is responsible for policy implementation and management of all city operations. The City Manager advises and makes recommendations to the City Council concerning any conditions or situations which require Council direction or policy determination and prepares the recommended budget for consideration and approval by the City Council.