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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.