Incorporated in 1947, the City of Barstow is a general law city, which operates under the laws of the State of California and applicable ordinances adopted by the City Council. The city has a council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of five representatives, which includes the mayor, chosen at large by the electorate for a term of four years each. Elections are held every two years for two council member seats and then two years later for the other two council member seats plus the mayor. The City Council sets policy, enacts legislation, and adopts the budget under which the city operates.
The city manager carries out city council policies and directives and oversees the day-to-day business of the city while the city attorney renders legal advice and services to achieve compliance with local, state, and federal law.
The City of Barstow employs 126 (City of Barstow staff organization charts). The employees are charged with accomplishing the city's goals and objectives while ensuring that the community receives desired and mandated services in an effective, cost-efficient manner.
VISION STATEMENT (Developed May 24, 2005, adopted August 1, 2005)
The City of Barstow: A progressive High Desert community with small-town advantages that preserves and promotes a quality environment in which to live, work and play.
MISSION STATEMENT (Developed June 15, 2005, adopted August 1, 2005)
The City of Barstow is dedicated to:
Providing quality public services
Promoting economical development
Expanding housing, education and recreation
Celebrating our diverse cultural history
Creating pride in our community
GOALS (September 19,2011)
Organziation Goals for Fiscal Year 2011/2012 [PDF]