|Last mayoral election:||2012|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||November 4, 2014|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||8|
|2014-2015 FY Budget:||$418 million|
|Population in 2013:||363,630|
Hispanic or Latino 45.0%
African American 8.2%
Native American 1.5%
|Median household income:||$54,265|
|High school graduation rate:||78.2%|
|College graduation rate:||19.9%|
|Related Bakersfield offices|
|California Congressional Delegation • California state legislature • California state executive offices|
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Bakersfield utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.
The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.
The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Harvey Hall is the current Mayor of Bakersfield.
The Bakersfield City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The Bakersfield City Council is made up of eight members, including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other seven members are elected by the city's seven wards.
A current list of council members can be found here.
The Bakersfield City Council features seven standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
A current list of Bakersfield City Council committees can be found here.
Boards and commissions
A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Bakersfield City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.
For a full list of Bakersfield city boards and commissions, see here.
Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 were up for election. Incumbents ran for re-election in every race except for Ward 7. Incumbents included P. "Willie" Rivera in Ward 1, Ken Weir in Ward 3 and Bob Smith in Ward 4. Ward 7 incumbent Russell Johnson did not run for re-election in order to run for the office of Kern County assessor.
Bakersfield's amended operating budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 was $418 million.
Office of the Mayor
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
- Main article: California government sector lobbying
As of November 2014, information on Bakersfield's federal lobbying related expenses past 2004 is unavailable.
- See also: Kern County, California ballot measures
Bakersfield's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in California for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.
- U.S. Census "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 11, 2014
- Bakersfield City Charter, Art. III, accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "Form of Government," accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "City Manager," accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "Council Members," accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "Council Committees," accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 29, 2014
- Charter of the City of Bakersfield, "Article VII, Section 67," accessed March 10, 2014
- Office of the City Clerk, "2014 - General Municipal Election Information," accessed on August 8, 2014
- Bakersfield Californian, "Councilman Johnson files to run for county assessor," March 12, 2014
- City of Bakersfield, "FY 14-15 Budget in Brief," accessed on August 11, 2014
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