Founded in 1849 and incorporated in 1850, the City of Stockton is one of the oldest incorporated cities in California. In 1922, Stockton city voters approved a City Charter (municipal constitution) with a City Council-Manager form of government, which is still being used today.
The City Council consists of a Mayor, elected by all City voters, and six Councilmembers, elected to represent separate districts in the City. Each Councilmember is required to live in the district they represent. The Mayor and Councilmembers serve four-year terms. Elections are staggered.
The Council establishes city policies, ordinances, contracts and agreements; approves the City's annual budget; and appoints four positions: City Manager, City Attorney, City Auditor and City Clerk. Councilmembers serve on several working committees. The Mayor is full-time, receives a salary and benefits, and Councilmembers are part-time and receive a salary.
The City Council holds public meetings Tuesday evenings in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. The Council also holds special meetings and committee meetings, which are open to the public. Agendas for City Council and Council Committee meetings are available online, in the City Clerk's Office, and posted outside of City Hall. The Mayor and City Council Offices are located in City Hall.
The City of Stockton is located in and is the county seat of San Joaquin County. For information about San Joaquin County, please see the San Joaquin County web site listed under External Links below.
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 7/12/2011