Mayor & Council

Establish policy, approve programs, and oversee the financial affairs of the City to govern the City of Santa Barbara.

About the Mayor & Council

The Office of the Mayor and six City Councilmembers comprise the City Council. The Mayor presides over the City Council meetings held weekly in open public session in the Council Chamber.


The seven-member governmental body is elected and serves discrete electoral districts. Council duties under the City Charter include approval of the Annual Budget and oversight of the financial affairs of the City. The Mayor and City Councilmembers appoint the City Administrator and the City Attorney. The City Council has the power to adopt ordinances and resolutions; make appointments to advisory boards and commissions; establish policy and approve programs; act on program and administrative recommendations of City staff; appropriate funds and approve contracts; and respond to concerns and needs of residents.


The City provides grants to various organizations to promote the arts, events, and festivals, and to enhance tourism in the City of Santa Barbara. Individually, Councilmembers represent the City by serving on state and regional boards and local civic organizations.


The Mayor and City Council oversee and evaluate the programs and policies of all departments.


The Office of the Mayor and City Council is budgeted in the General Fund.

Department Financial & Staffing Summary

Department Revenues by Fund



Department Expenditures by Fund



Department Organizational Chart