Form of Government

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Palm Springs was incorporated in 1938 and has a City Council/City Manager form of government. As its governing body, the Palm Springs City Council is comprised of five members, including the Mayor, who are elected citywide. They serve four-year terms, however not all five seats are up for election at the same time. Their terms are staggered.

Municipal elections are consolidated with the general election and held every two years in November of the odd-numbered year. Council terms overlap, with two Councilmembers and the Mayor elected one year and the other two Councilmembers elected two years later. Each year the Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor pro tem. Palm Springs is among more than 300 cities in California operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The Council hires the city manager who is the chief administrative officer of the City, responsible for all the management functions of the City, including preparation of the budget, delivery of services, hiring of personnel and implementing capital projects. The City Council also directly hires the city attorney who serves as the City’s primary legal adviser.

Working With Your City Council

A variety of business comes before the City Council at its meetings. The City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month beginning at 6 p.m. The City Council welcomes your participation at its meetings. The public may address the City Council on any item during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Those wishing to address the Council are asked to first complete a speaker’s card and give it to the City Clerk so the City has a formal record of individuals who speak. Speakers are called upon by the Mayor and those wishing to address an item on the agenda listed as a public hearing will be called when that item comes up. Public comment is limited to three minutes per person or five minutes if the item is a public hearing.

Televised coverage of all City Council meetings is presented live on Time/Warner Cable 121.

The Mayor and Councilmembers can be reached by telephoning City Hall at 760-323-8203. The Mayor’s phone number is 760-323-8200. Elected officials also may be contacted in writing by addressing mail to their attention and sending it to the City of Palm Springs, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, P.O. Box 2743, Palm Springs, CA 92263-2743 or e-mailing messages to the individual members: 

  • Robert Moon, Mayor
    Geoff Kors, Councilmember
  • J.R. Roberts, Mayor pro tem
    Lisa Middleton, Councilmember
  • Christy Holstege, Councilmember
  • Christina Chartier, 760-323-8200
    Executive Assistant to Mayor and City Council


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