The City Council is the legislative body which consists of four elected City Council members and a directly elected Mayor. The Mayor and the Council Members are elected to four year overlapping terms. The City Council works to enhance the community and the quality of life for American Canyon residents. They provide policy direction and set goals and priorities for the City and also serve as the Board of Directors for the Fire District.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council. The City Manager’s office carries out City Council policies and directs the activities of the various City departments and services. The office is responsible for the Communications & Outreach, Finance, Human Resources, City Clerk and City Attorney.
The City Attorney advises and represents the City Council and City staff on all legal matters. He prepares ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, bond indentures and other legal documents. The City contracts with the Law Firm of William D. Ross as the principal legal adviser of the city.
The City Clerk is the local official for elections, local legislation, the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act, and the Brown Act (open meeting laws). Before and after the City Council takes action, the City Clerk ensures that actions are in compliance with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations and that all actions are properly executed, recorded, and archived.
The Community Development Department consists of three Divisions: Building and Safety, Housing, and Planning. The Community Development Department is responsible for issuing Building Permits and building related inspection services; affordable housing and monitoring; City Planning/Zoning and conducts development review, public outreach and environmental analysis.
The Finance Department provides fiscal control of the City’s financial activities, including revenue expenditure, fixed assets, investment of the City’s funds, and other financing programs. It assists all departments in the preparation and implementation of the two-year budget, capital improvement program receipt of revenues, payment of bills, and payroll.
The Human Resources Department is responsible for attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified and diverse City workforce and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
The Public Works Department provides for the health, safety and comfort of all American Canyon residents, workers and visitors on a daily basis. The Public Works Department is responsible for park & facility maintenance, engineering services, streets and traffic, water and sewer.
Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to supporting healthy lifestyles by creating enjoyable experiences through outstanding events, programs and facilities. We inspire fun; together we create community!
The Police Department is responsible for maintaining law and order in the City. The City of American Canyon contracts with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services. The Sheriff’s Office provides the City with a Captain for the role of the Police Chief, four supervisors at the rank of Sergeant, and 19 Deputy Sheriffs to serve as Police Officers. The officer’s assignments include patrol shifts, K9 units, traffic-motorcycle unit, school resource officers, and community resources officer.
The American Canyon Fire Protection District serves the entire American Canyon community. We serve our citizens and residential neighborhoods, individuals employed by our local businesses, and recreational visitors to our parks, trails and open spaces.