How the City is Governed

The City of Boulder has a council-manager form of government where the elected City Council sets policies and the council-appointed city manager administers them.

City Council

Council consists of nine elected members, including the mayor, mayor pro tem and seven other at-large council members.

City Manager’s Office

The City Manager's Office oversees city operations and provides professional leadership in the administration and execution of city policy as established by council. 

City Departments

From providing clean drinking water to keeping the public safe, departments and divisions are responsible for city services and operations. 

Boards and Commissions

Volunteers appointed to serve on an advisory board help council examine issues and policies on a range of topics. 

Get Involved in Local Government 

In Boulder, we know that local government works best when the community participates. Here are some of the ways to get involved:  

  • Join a public meeting  
  • Share input on city projects online  
  • Volunteer with the city  
  • Serve on an advisory board  
  • Build community in your neighborhood 

About the City 

Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder is an incredible place to live, work and play. The City of Boulder municipal government has served the Boulder community since 1871.

  • About Boulder 
  • City vision and values
  • City goals and progress
  • Job openings
  • Boulder demographics