Washington Terrace City operates under the six-member council form of government.
The City Manager is the chief executive officer of the City appointed by the Mayor and City Council to direct the delivery of municipal services. As the CEO, the City Manager is responsible for all supervision of staff, providing the Mayor and City Council with information, and is responsible to insure that the mission and policies enacted by the Mayor and City Council are implemented throughout the organization.
The City Manager provides all City departments with basic administrative support, including coordination and guidance of City operations, programs, and projects. The City Manager’s Office is the focal point for the day-to-day management of City Government. The City Manager serves at the will of the Council. The major objectives for the City Manager are to facilitate the Mayor and City Council in achieving its objectives. While this concept is often implied the City Manager will be involved in all the goals and action items identified by the Mayor and City Council.
The Finance Department is responsible for maintaining detailed, accurate records of the City’s financial performance. The Finance Director is responsible for all internal and external financial reporting functions. The Finance Director prepares the annual budget including the Redevelopment Agency. The Finance Director coordinates with the City’s independent auditor in completing the annual audit.
In addition to performing all payroll functions, the Finance Director is responsible for city-wide asset management.
City Recorder/ Human Recources
The Recorder’s Office, working under the direction of the Finance Director, is responsible for maintaining accurate records of financial performance and business conducted by its elected officials. The Recorder is responsible for preparing and posting agendas and notices for all City sponsored public meetings, and records and transcribes public meeting minutes. The Recorder is responsible for maintaining City ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other official documents and acts as the election official to coordinate all municipal and special elections. The Recorder acts as the City records official responsible for the City’s records management system.
The Recorder also performs accounts payable functions and issues business licenses.
The Treasurer is responsible for providing a wide range of services for the City’s external and internal customers. The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the Utility Billing Department, whose services include, but are not limited to, customer service, cash receipting, and billing. The Treasurer also is responsible for City investments and collection proceedings.