City Council consists of the Mayor and four (4) Council Members.
The Mayor is directly elected by the voters and has been directly
elected since 1978. The City Council Members are elected by district.
The Mayor and Council Members are the governing body, the decision
makers of the City. The City Council makes the laws and sets policies.
The Mayor is president of the City Council and presides at all
meetings. He is entitle to, and must vote, but possesses no veto
power. He is the official head of the City for ceremonial purposes.
But official actions must be taken by a majority of the City Council
as a whole or quorum thereof.
The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors for the
Successor Agency to the Atwater Redevelopment Agency, the Atwater
Fire Protection District, the Atwater Housing Authority, the Atwater
Public Financing Authority, and the Atwater Public Improvement
Corporation. The Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and City Clerk serve as
officers for each of these boards.
The City has a City Council/City Manager form of government. The
City Council directly appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney,
who serves as the City’s primary legal adviser. It is the
responsibility of the City Manager, with the assistance of City
staff, to enforce and carry out the laws and policies set by the
The City Council and Successor Agency to the Atwater Redevelopment
Agency holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays
of each month at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers, 750 Bellevue
Road, Atwater, California. In the event said meeting date falls
on a legal holiday, the meeting will be held on the next business
day. Adjourned and special meetings may also be held upon appropriate
The public is encouraged to participate in the City’s decision
making process and is invited to attend City Council meetings
where issues affecting the community are discussed. In compliance
with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special
assistance to participate in this meeting, you should contact
the Office of the City Clerk at 209 357-6205. Please provide enough
time to enable us to make reasonable arrangements to assure accessibility
to the meeting.
A variety of business come before the City Council. At the meeting
those wishing to address the City Council may do so and the City
will keep a formal record of individuals who speak. Speakers may
also be called upon by the Mayor as items come up on the agenda.
The City Council may place time limits on speakers to ensure that
all speakers on an item may be heard. Generally, once the Mayor
has ceased public discussion on any item, debate is closed and
no further comments will be taken from the audience unless requested
by the Mayor.
The City Council holds a public comment session at each meeting
to allow individuals to address matters that are not formal agenda
items. With few exceptions, the City Council cannot act on unscheduled
matters. However, the City Council may choose to refer the matter
to staff or schedule an item for formal action at a later date.
Meetings of the Atwater Fire Protection District, the Atwater
Housing Authority, the Atwater Public Financing Authority, and
the Atwater Public Improvement Corporation, on which the City
Council serves as Board Members, will be held at the specified
day, time and place only when there are items for consideration
by the said Authority, District or Corporation.
Council Meetings Information and Mission Statement
Council Meeting Information-Mission Statement (pdf)
REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE CALENDAR (pdf)
City Clerk/Administration Department
750 Bellevue Road
Atwater, CA 95301