The City of Redding, incorporated on October 4, 1887, is a general law city formed under state legislative statutes and governed by a body of laws in the State Constitution. The Redding City Council consists of five council members elected "at large" for staggered four-year terms. Council members must be residents of the City and registered voters at the time nomination papers are taken out.
Redding is one of the many California cities operating under the Council-Manager form of government. Under this system, the Council establishes the policies under which the City operates and appoints a trained and experienced City Manager to administer the affairs of the City. City Manager responsibilities include hiring of City staff, preparation of the Annual Budget, administration and coordination of the City's operations, general supervision over all property under the control of the City and enforcement of City ordinance and applicable state laws.
The City Manager appoints a staff to assist him in carrying out his duties. City departments include the City Attorney's Office, City Clerk's Office, City Treasurer's Office, Community Services, Development Services, Electric, Finance, Fire, Personnel, Police, Public Works, and Support Services.
Like the City Manager, the City Attorney is appointed by the City Council. Both the City Clerk and the City Treasurer are elected by the public.
Meetings of the Redding City Council are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. The meetings take place in the Council Chambers located at 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding. City Council meetings, except for closed sessions as allowed by law, are open to the public and participation by citizens is welcomed and encouraged. Online video of the Council meeting is posted on this website by the City Clerk the same week following the meeting and is televised the following Thursday of the same week on Redding Community Access Channel 11 at 12:30 p.m.
The City Council agenda is prepared by the City Clerk, under the direction of the City Manager, prior to each Council meeting. The agenda sets forth the order and subject matter to be considered at the meeting. City Council agendas are available at the City Clerk's Office or may be viewed in the display case in front of the Council Chambers, 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the Council meeting. The agenda can be faxed automatically by calling the Redding REACH-OUT system at (530) 225-4500 and requesting message #201, and the Preliminary Agenda and Action Agenda, including staff reports, are also available on this website.
Individuals interested in requesting placement of an item on the agenda for Council discussion, must submit a written request addressed to the City Council @ 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding.