City of Berkeley Organization Chart
The residents of Berkeley are the highest level in the City’s organization chart. They directly elect the Mayor and the eight other members of the City Council, the members of the Rent Board, the members of the School Board, and the City Auditor.
The nine members of the City Council (eight elected by district and the mayor, elected at-large) appoint the members the Board of Library Trustees and the members of the City’s Boards and Commissions. The Boards and Commissions serve as advisory bodies to the Council, although some have quasi-judicial functions. The Berkeley Housing Authority members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council.
The Mayor and Council select and confirm the City Manager, who acts as a Chief Executive Officer for the rest of the City government. The City Manager is responsible for the administration of City services and programs, enforcement of the City's Municipal Code and ordinances, and preparation of the annual budget. The department directors are selected by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Council.
The Departments and their major work units are listed below. For more information about the baseline services, special projects, staffing levels and commissions, please visit the Citywide Work Plan. Departments are listed in alphabetical order.
City Attorney’s Office
City Clerk’s Office
Citywide Records Program/ Public Information
Agenda, Web Site, BMC
Elections, Campaigns and Commissions
City Manager’s Office
Animal Care Services
Budget and Fiscal Management
Office of Economic Development (including Business Services, Civic Arts, Employment)
Police Review Commission
Training/Emergency Medical Services
Fire Prevention/Office of Emergency Services
Health, Housing and Community Services*
Environmental Health Division
Mental Health Division
Public Health Division
Community Services and Administration (including Employment Services)
Aging Services Division
Training and Organizational Development
Employment, HR, and Administrative Services
Employee Relations (Benefits, Worker’s Comp and Safety)
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity
Customer Service & 311 Call Center
Parks, Recreation and Waterfront
Recreation and Youth Services
Planning and Design
Planning and Development
Building and Safety
Land Use Planning
Office of Energy and Sustainability
Permit Service Center
Professional Standards Division
Support Services Division
Electrical, Equipment Maintenance, Facilities Management, Streets and Utilities
Solid Waste Management
**In February 2012, the City Council voted to combine the Health Department and the Housing and Community Services Department. These department websites are in the process of being combined.