The City of Oceanside's five-member City Council is the legislative body of the City, serves as its corporate board of directors, and is responsible for establishing City policy. The Mayor and Councilmembers are elected at-large for staggered four-year terms. The City Council works closely with the City Manager to ensure that policy is effectively implemented. Offices are located on the Third Floor, City Hall North, 300 N. Coast Highway.
The City Attorney's office provides a full range of legal services to the City Council, City Manager, department directors and City advisory groups. These services include providing legal advice and counseling related to proposed actions as well as the defense of the City and its employees in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.
The City Attorney's office prepares and/or reviews City Council reports, legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements and leases. The department also prosecutes City Code violations and serves as the legal counsel to the Harbor District and the Community Development Commission.
The mission of the City Clerk Department is to serve as the City's source for informational, historical, legislative, and election services for the community, the public and City agencies and to provide these services in an efficient, effective and friendly manner.
The City Clerk and staff are unbiased public servants who promote open government and transparency of information by providing a link between citizens and government. The Office of the City Clerk serves as the compliance officer for federal, state, and local statutes, including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act. This is achieved by coordinating the legislative process, administering city elections, and managing city records with integrity, accuracy and independence.
The City Treasurer is an elected official and serves as the Treasurer for the City, Community Development Commission, and the Oceanside Harbor District. The City Treasurer oversees the day-to-day management of the City's $325-million-plus investment fund, ensuring this fund is protected, ample liquidity to meet the City's budgeted expenditures is maintained, and optimal investment income is generated within the parameters of prudent risk management. The City Treasurer is responsible for the selection of the City's depository bank and works cooperatively and collectively with the City Financial Services Director (a Deputy Treasurer) and the City Manager . The City Treasurer coordinates and serves as the ex-officio presiding officer of the City of Oceanside Citizen Investment Oversight Committee .
Economic Development's mission is to ensure the financial stability of the City by assisting users, developers, and brokers with business relocation, business expansion and improvements that create new employment opportunities and increased investment in the City and market Oceanside as a regional visitor's destination.
Oceanside has a dynamic and robust business climate. Manufacturing, distribution, tourism and agriculture remain the region's top industries, but in recent years, Oceanside has become home to biotech industries that are among the area's fastest growing business sectors.
Economic Development encourages a business-friendly environment by acting as a liaison, assisting projects through the City process, hosting and attending broker events, and developing marketing materials that create economic growth opportunities for Oceanside through private capital investment.
The Oceanside Fire Department's eight firehouses provide a presence in every neighborhood throughout the 41 square miles of the City of Oceanside. The department's goal is to efficiently and effectively serve the community.
The lives of over 180,000 residents and visitors are protected 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by 115 full-time fire personnel, seven full-time lifeguard personnel, 76 part-time lifeguard personnel, with an additional staff of eight providing support.
The Oceanside Fire Department's (OFD) mission is to meet and exceed community needs and expectations through the preservation and protection of life, property, and the environment. We will work collaboratively, with our citizens and other agencies to provide constant service with an all-risk approach.
The OFD decision-making culture will be based on the needs of the community, the city, the fire department, and the personnel who serve the city.
The OFD is committed to providing the community with the resources necessary to meet their needs at the highest level of proficiency and quality possible. Our dedicated personnel will always remain mindful of the best interests of our citizens.
The Oceanside Police Department is here to ensure the safety and security of all people in the City of Oceanside by providing responsive and professional police service with compassion and concern. Our purpose is to work with the community to build trust and provide quality service that actively prevents crime, reduces the fear of crime and promotes safety.
Oceanside, a beach community located 39 miles north of San Diego, has a population of more than 175,000. The Oceanside Police Department has an authorized budgeted strength of 228 sworn and 84 professional staff members, and handles approximately 110,000 calls for service each year.
Our motto, "Service With Pride", speaks to our focus of quality customer service and efficient service. We are committed to public safety and to implementing innovative crime-prevention techniques to ensure a safe and healthy community. Our proven success is evident in the continuing decline of the City's crime rate, which hit a 30-year low in 2007, and in the positive customer satisfaction survey results.