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Overview of City Departments

About the City

The City of Montclair was incorporated on April 25, 1956 and spans approximately 5.2 square miles with a current population of approximately 38,000 people.

Montclair is managed by a Council-Manager form of government where four Council Members and the Mayor are elected at large to serve staggered four year terms. The Mayor presides over Council meetings and has ceremonial responsibilities, in addition to his or her other Council duties. The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

Montclair prides itself on the quality of services it provides to the community.  Our City Motto “THE PEOPLE ARE THE CITY” is recognized by each of the City’s departments where we strive to provide the highest quality of service to Montclair residents, businesses, and visitors. These departments include: Administrative Services (Administration, Central Services, City Clerk, Finance, Information Technology Services and Personnel/Risk Management), Community Development, Economic Development, Fire, Human Services, Police and Public Works.  

The City Council and each of the City’s departments are guided by the goals of Fiscal Responsibility, Exceptional Customer Service, Safe & Healthy Community, Quality Housing, Community Services & Facilities and Sustainability. 

Transparency

As Fiscal Responsibility leads the City’s priorities, the City’s financial affairs are conducted in a prudent and responsible manner to ensure adequate resources are available to meet current obligations and long term stability.  For a full breakdown of revenues and appropriations, please review the Annual City Budgets utilizing the link below.

Additionally, the City of Montclair is committed to remaining accountable to the residents, community members, and businesses it serves.  As such, information on the City’s financial and investment policies, audited financial statements, grant audits and employee compensation may be obtained utilizing the links below.

Finally, the City's goals for transparent government and open communication are paramount in the way we operate.  These are not just buzz words but a culture by which we conduct City business for the benefit of our community and its residents.

City Budget

Financial Policies

Financial Audit Reports

Investment Policies

Grant Audit Reports

Employee Compensation

 
The City of Montclair has a team of approximately 325 full-time and part-time employees divided into eight main departments each being overseen by the City Manager's Office. Together these departments manage and perform all of the business of City Hall and its services. 

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City Manager's Office

City Manager, Starr, City Clerk

 
 
 
The City Manager's Office oversees the entire operation of all City departments. Representing the views of the citizens of Montclair, the City Council sets goals and policies, and then provides direction to the City Manager to carry out these goals.

 

 

  


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Administrative Services Department

The Administrative Services Department administers a variety of functions including telecommunications, information technology, personnel services, labor relations, administrative support, and contract services. The Department also provides extensive support services to each City department, the City Manager, and City Council.

 

Finance Department

The Finance Department manages, controls, and accurately reports on the financial affairs of the City of Montclair, the City of Montclair Successor Agency to its redevelopment agency, the Montclair Housing Corporation, and the Montclair Housing Authority. The department functions under the Administrative Services Department and responds to the needs, concerns, and desires of the citizens of the City.

As a support function, the Finance Department works in partnership with other City departments to develop budgets, implement control measures, and establish policies and procedures aimed at accurately accounting for, safeguarding, and maximizing the value of the City's assets.


Human Services Department

The Human Services Department oversees a wide variety of activities, services and programs benefiting City residents. Human Services administers recreational programs for residents of all ages, provides professional medical services, health education, early childhood education, after-school programs, operates a variety of senior citizen programs including daily meal service, and coordinates involvement with various community groups, such as social service agencies, mental health clinics, medical liaisons.


Economic Development Department

The City of Montclair implements strategies and services that will create an environment in which business can develop and prosper. It strives to create opportunities for business attraction by targeting certain growth segments of the business community—retail, office, light manufacturing, and entertainment related businesses.

The City's economic development activities are designed to stimulate business growth, both large and small, to generate local jobs. The City is highly responsive to any new businesses that show interest in locating in the City as well as attracting complementary business to our existing base.

Successor Agency (formerly known as Redevelopment Agency)

NMDSP Front CoverThe City of Montclair Redevelopment Agency was activated in 1977 and was responsible for setting the course of redevelopment in the City of Montclair and for being sure that redevelopment plans are in the best interests of the Community.  In directing the City Redevelopment activities, the primary purpose was to encourage private redevelopment of property and to rehabilitate areas suffering from economic disuse arising from poor and inadequate planning, inadequate street layout and street access, lack of open space, landscaping and other improvements and facilities necessary to establish and maintain the economic growth of the City.  During its existence, many projects were completed which improved our community.

However, state legislation dissolved all redevelopment agencies as of February 1, 2012 and the City of Montclair Redevelopment Agency’s assets and obligations were transferred to the Montclair Successor Agency for disposition.  Available resources at the time of dissolution and annually over those required for enforceable obligations are distributed to taxing entities (state, county, schools, city and special districts).  The process of dissolution is still ongoing.  Successor Agency documents are available through the link below and additionally a recap of payment made to the various taxing entities is also available. The dissolution process is overseen by the Oversight Board, which is made up of representatives from the City, the residents of Montclair, and the various taxing agencies that receive proceeds from the dissolution process.

Montclair Successor Agency

Recap of Successor Agency payments to taxing entities


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 Community Development

The Community Development Department plays one of the biggest roles in assuring Montclair remains a livable, competitive, and sustainable City well into the 21st century. Accomplishing this takes wise planning and efficient service. Community Development works closely with other City departments, the City Manager's Office, and the City Commissions in establishing and carrying out goals that will preserve Montclair's quality of life.

 


Public Works Department

Mission Blvd Const beforeThe Public Works Department coordinates, manages, and controls the various Public Works Department activities and resources. The Public Works Department consists of the following Divisions: Street Maintenance; Park Maintenance; Building Maintenance; Vehicle Maintenance; and Sewer Maintenance. Department staff applies for state and federal funding to complete larger projects that will benefit residents and visitors such as bringing the Gold Line to Montclair, improvements to freeway ramps, and grade separation projects in an effort to reduce the number of railroad crossings.

 


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The Montclair Fire Department serves a population of approximately 39,000 and has a service area of 6.5 square miles. Both the population and the service area numbers include the unincorporated County area in Montclair's Sphere of Influence.

 

 

 

Police Department

DSC_1869The Montclair Police Department meets the law enforcement safety needs of the community through the effective utilization of personnel within the Department programs.

 

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