City Manager's Office

Functions

The City Manager is the administrative head of city government in cities with a council-manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to enforce city laws, direct the daily operations of the city government, prepare the municipal budget, and implement policies and programs initiated by the City Council. All general city press releases come through the City Manager.

The City Manager is responsible to the City Council, rather than to individual Council Members, and directs and coordinates the various City departments. The City Manager also serves as Executive Director for the City's Improvement Agency.

View a detailed listing of the powers and duties of the City Manager.

Contact - City Manager's Office Staff.

Divisions

Governing Codes

The City Manager is governed by the International City Management Association Code of Ethics that provides the framework for City Manager and City Council relations. The Grover Beach Municipal Code Section 2108 also governs these relations.

Municipal Code Section 2108

This section states that City Council and its members, whenever possible, shall deal with the operations of the city only through the City Manager, except for purposes of inquiry, advice, information, or to follow up. This section helps to keep continuity of communication, direction, and planning within the city organizational structure. 

City Council Goals and Work Programs

The City Council annually sets goals to determine the highest priorities for the City organization to implement each fiscal year.  The goals are identified in three categories of relative priority: Major City Goals, Other Important Goals, and Address as Resources Permit. The updated Major City Goals for 2021-23 are:

  • Economic Development
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Public Safety
  • Street Improvements

The Council also approves work programs developed by staff for each of the Major City Goals to specify what will be done over the next year in carrying out the goal. Click here for the FY 2020-21 work programs.   On March 8, 2021 the Council adopted an updated set of goals for FY 2021-23 shown here following a goal-setting process with community input.  Staff will be developing FY 2021-22 work programs for the updated Major City Goals and will share these with the Council for review on April 26, 2021.