Like most California cities, Los Altos has a Council/Manager form of government. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is the chief administrative officer of the City and is accountable to the City Council for the performance of the City organization.
The City Manager appoints each department head and is responsible for ensuring the City's services are performed well and in accordance with City Council's policies.
The City of Los Altos includes the following departments:
The City Manager and Department heads are the chief advisors to the City Council on policy options concerning the organization and activities of the Departments under his/her supervision. The City Manager is responsible for submission of the City's Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan and oversees its administration after Council adoption. The City Manager keeps the Council advised of the City's financial condition and its future needs.