Mill Valley’s city government oversees and manages all municipal services to residents and businesses. There are several departments in the city government that manage different areas.
City Council members are elected to represent Mill Valley’s citizens. Their area of responsibility is taking input from residents, developing and implementing policy and resolving public issues. All activities are conducted with full transparency and available for public viewing. There are five council members currently: Mayor Garry Lion, Vice Mayor Andrew Berman, Shawn Marshall, Stephanie Moulton-Peters, and Kenneth R. Wachtel.
The City Manager acts as the main administrative officer of the city. The City Manager leads the adherence of City Council procedures and manages all the city’s services through the eight departments. These are Finance and Human Resources, Fire Department, Library, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Building, Police Department, Public Works, and Wastewater Treatment plant.
The City Clerk is responsible for maintaining and preparing the city’s legislative issues, ensuring the city is compliant with Open Meeting laws, runs local elections, and supports the City Council and City Manager.
The Department of Finance and Human Resources is responsible for the city’s cash flow management and investments and accounts receivable. The department also performs duties such as revenue and business license collections and human resources for the city’s employees.
The Fire Department is in charge of fire prevention and suppression in the city of Mill Valley. It has many programs for emergency preparedness and public safety that are open to the public. The Fire Department has two stations at 26 Corte Madera and 1 Hamilton Drive.
The Mill Valley Public Library offers books and reading activities for children and adults. The library has a wide selection of print and digital books for rent. For research, patrons have access to the library’s databases and e-books, and the knowledge of its research librarian.
The Parks and Recreation Department manages and operates public recreational facilities for residents and visitors. Parks, aquatic programs, sports courts, and the community center are all under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department. To contact the department, call 415-383-1370.
The Department of Planning and Building oversees the implementation of the City’s General Plan which includes development of planning and land use policies. The department has all the resources, permits, codes, and zoning information and applications residents need for their constructions projects.
The Police Department enforces law and conducts criminal investigations in the city of Mill Valley. Its active interactions with the local community and residential groups keep the department apprised of all potential criminal activity. It has several programs for children and adults to help crime prevention and keep the city safe.
The Department of Public Works manages, maintains, and operates public facilities. Its area of responsibility is engineering, construction reviews, street maintenance, street lights, public building and other public facilities. Residents can contact the Department of Public Works if there is a problem with street lights or traffic lights.
The Sewage Agency of South Marin (SASM) Wastewater Treatment Plant provides treatment services for the city of Mill Valley. There are five other agencies in addition to the city of Mill Valley that come under the control of SASM to conduct wastewater treatment and water reclamation.
Please visit the Government listings to find out how to contact them.