How the City is Governed

The City of Boulder has a council-manager form of government where the elected City Council sets policies and the council-appointed city manager administers them.

City Council

City Council is responsible for setting policies for the city and consists of nine members, all elected at-large. In the 2023 November election, the City of Boulder conducted Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for the first time to elect its Mayor.

City Manager’s Office

The City Manager's Office ensures the proper management of city operations and public representation and participation.

City Departments

From providing clean drinking water to keeping the public safe, departments and divisions are responsible for city services and operations.

Boards and Commissions

Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Boulder.

Get Involved in Local Government

What's Up Boulder Open House

In Boulder, we know that local government works best when the community participates. Here are some of the ways to get involved: 

About the City

Aerial view of Boulder facing west with view of the foothills and downtown

Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder is an incredible place to live, work and play. The City of Boulder municipal government has served the Boulder community since 1871.

Learn about Boulder's commitment to community engagement