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<p>Walnut Creek was incorporated in 1914, the eighth city to do so in Contra Costa County. It has since grown into a community of 65,000 people.  It is the business and cultural hub of Contra Costa County. </p>
<p>It is a run on a day-to-day basis by a city manager, who acts on policies set for by a five-member city council, who are each elected to four-year terms. Information about meetings of the council and other city commissions and task forces is available <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/city_council/public_meetings_agendas_minutes.asp">at the city's website</a>. You can also view agenda, stream city council meetings as they happen or view video or audio of other commission meetings. </p> <p>The city government is elected into the following departments:</p> <p><b>City Manager</b><br>The<a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/city_mngr/default.asp"> city manager's office </a>carries out policies enacted by the city council and oversees the activities of various city departments and services. The city manager can recommend programs and clarify procedures for the city council, but is bound by the council's decisions. This office is responsible for community and media relations, legislative advocacy, citizen surveys and special events. The office also directs the Community Emergency Preparedness Training (CERT) and the Citizens Institute.</p> <p>City Manager Ken Nordhoff, 925-943-5812,<a href="mailto:pokorny@walnut-creek.org"></a><a href="mailto:nordhoff@walnut-creek.org">nordhoff@walnut-creek.org </a><br>Community Relations Manager: Gayle Vassar, 925-943-5895, vassar@walnut-creek.org</p> <p><b>Administrative Services</b><br>This <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/admin/default.asp">department</a> includes: </p> <ul> <li>Human Resources, which oversees <a href="http://walnutcreek.patch.com/citygov/depts/admin/hr/jobs.asp">employment opportunities</a> and recruiting for city jobs. </li> <li>The Finance Department, which helps prepare the budget, capital improvement program and administers the city's Business License program.  </li> </ul> <p>Director: Lorie Tinfrow, tinfrow@walnut-creek.org<br>Finance Manager: Fred Marsh, 925-943-5820<br>City jobs hotline: 925-943-5817</p> <p><b>City Attorney</b><br>The city attorney advises and represents the city council and city staff on all legal matters. This department also prepares ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, bond indentures and other legal documents. <br>City Attorney: Bryan Wenter, 925-943-5813</p> <p><b>City Clerk</b><br>The <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/clerk/default.asp">city clerk </a>schedules and prepares for city council meetings, produces official records of council decisions, maintains city records and makes them accessible to the public and conducts city elections.<br>Interim City Clerk: Sherry M. Kelly, (925) 943-5818, <a href="mailto:olds@walnut-creek.org">skelly@walnut-creek.org</a></p> <p><b>Arts, Recreation and Community Services</b><br>This <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/arts_rec_cs/default.asp">department </a>oversees recreation, youth and family services, civic arts education, the Lesher Center for the Arts, and the Bedford Gallery. It also arranges for public art to be exhibited throughout town.<br>Director: Barry Gordon, 925-943-5848, gordon@walnut-creek.org </p> <p><b>Community Development</b><br>This <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/cd/default.asp">department </a>is responsible for a variety of services and programs designed to enhance the city's quality of life, safety and economic vitality.  <br>Director: Sandra Meyer, 925-943-5834, meyer@walnut-creek.org</p> <p>This department's services and programs are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/cd/planning/default.asp">Planning Division</a>, which processes all development applications and oversees all design-related approvals. It also drafts city ordinances and prepares amendments to the city's general plan.<br>Manager: Victoria Walker</li> <li><a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/cd/housing/default.asp">Housing Division: </a>Creates and preserves opportunities for housing in the city, including affordable housing.<br>Manager: Laura Simpson</li> <li><a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/cd/transit/default.asp">Transportation Planning Division</a><br>Manager: John Hall </li> <li><a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/cd/building/default.asp">Building Division: </a>Performs plan checks, issues building permits and provides inspections for building construction and electrical, plumbing and mechanical installations. The team also responds to complaints about possible building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical code violations.<br>Chief Building Official: Robert Woods</li> <li><a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/cd/nuisance_abatement_n_code_enforcement.asp">Code Enforcement Division:</a> Handles nuisance abatement and code violation notifications and proceedings.</li> <li>The Community Development Department also administers the <a href="http://walnutcreek.patch.com/citygov/depts/cd/cpgp.asp">Civic Pride Grant</a> program.</li> </ul> <p><b>Police</b><br>In addition to promoting public safety, responding to emergency calls and citizen complaints, and conducting criminal investigations, the <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/police/default.asp">Police Department </a>also oversees traffic and parking enforcement, crossing guard services, and crime prevention and neighborhood watch programs.<br>Chief: Joel Bryden<br>Nonemergency, administration: 925-943-5844<br>Community policing: 925-256-3519</p> <p><b>Public Services</b><br>This <a href="http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/ps/default.asp">department</a> manages the Parks and Open Space division, the Engineering and Maintenance Services Division and Traffic Engineering and  Transportation. Engineering Services plans, designs and inspects public construction projects and oversees the capital improvement program.<br>Director: Heather Ballenger, 925-943-5854, ballenger@walnut-creek.org</p>
1666 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 943-5800
  • Hours: Daily, 9am - 8:30pm
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