The City of Oakland is governed by a “strong Mayor” form of government. The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), overseeing the Executive Branch of government. The Mayor is elected at-large for a four-year term and can be re-elected only once. The Mayor oversees the Executive Branch of government and appoints the City Administrator, subject to confirmation by the City Council. The Mayor is not a member of the City Council, but he/she may cast a tie-breaking vote in the event of a deadlock.
The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland. Its eight members are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland. The Council is made up of one representative from each of seven districts and one at-large representative.
The Council sets goals and priorities for the City. The council approves the City budget, adopts ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appoints members to various boards and commissions. more »
The Office of the City Attorney provides legal counsel to the City of Oakland, its employees, officers, agencies, boards and commissions. In this capacity, the OCA drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents requested by city officials and departments, reviews the form and legality of all city contracts and represents the city in litigation matters. more »
Courtney A. Ruby
The Office of the City Auditor's mission is to serve as a model performance-auditing organization that delivers in-depth, unbiased, and meaningful results to the citizens of Oakland. We do this by identifying and auditing the areas of government most vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement. more »