Government

Every city is governed by a group of people who make and change laws.  In Boca Raton, five people are elected to govern the City:  the Mayor and four Council Members who are elected to three year terms and are limited to serving two consecutive terms in office.

Boca Raton operates under the council-manager form of government, which is the most common form of local government in Florida today. Under this form of government, the City Council (the Mayor and four Council Members) sets policy for the City and appoints the City Manager who implements that policy.  The City Council also appoints the City Attorney.  The City Manager supervises and coordinates the various departments throughout the City; prepares the budget for the Council’s consideration; and makes reports and recommendations to the City Council. 
                                                                                                     
In Boca Raton, approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time employees provide services through seven departments:
  • Development Services
  • Financial Services
  • Fire Rescue Services
  • Municipal Services
  • Police Services
  • Recreation Services
  • Utility Services
Internally, there are several administrative areas that support the City Council and the staff:
  • City Manager’s Office
  • City Clerk’s Office
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • City Attorney’s Office
City Hall is home to Human Resources, Financial Services, Development Services, Recreation Services Administration, the City Attorney’s Office, the City Clerk’s Office, the City Manager’s Office, a Council Member Office and the Mayor’s Office. There are a number of other City facilities:  Building Administration, the Police Station, several Municipal Services’ buildings, Utility Services’ water and wastewater treatment plant, eight fire stations, two libraries and several community centers. 

City Council meets regularly in the Council Chamber of City Hall.  Council Meetings take place at 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  Two workshops are held each month on the Monday afternoon prior to the Council Meeting. City Council meetings and workshops are open to the public and are also recorded and available to watch on Boca TV or on the City's website.