The City of San Bernardino is located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area of Southern California (often referred to as the Inland-Empire), the City of San Bernardino serves as the county seat of San Bernardino County. It spans 62 square miles and has a diverse population of over 213,000.
In 2016, the citizens voted to change the City Charter, choosing to be governed by a Council-Manager form of government. Today, the governance structure is comprised of an at-large, elected Mayor and seven Council Members elected by constituents in a specific ward. Each elected official serves a four-year term. The Mayor and Council appoints the City Manager, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer overseeing all departments, including Community and Economic Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Parks, Recreation & Community Service, Police, and Public Works Departments. The City’s FY 2020/21 General Fund budget is $179.1 million with a Capital Improvement Program investment of $185 million and it employs 570 full-time employees. Fire Services are provided through a contract with the County Fire Protection District. The City also operates a Water Department and Library which, by charter, is governed by a separate oversight Board.