Ceres was incorporated as a General Law City on February 25, 1918. Ceres is a full service City providing police, emergency services, parks and recreation, street maintenance, water distribution, wastewater collection, and general government services. The City has a City Council/City Manager form of local government. General Municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday of November in odd numbered years. The Mayor is directly elected for a two-year term. Council members are directly elected for four-year overlapping terms. The City Council serves as the legislative policy making body.
Citizen participation at Council meetings is an essential right of American government. The City Council values citizen input and encourages residents to participate in its meetings.
The City Council welcomes and encourages participation by Ceres residents in City Council meetings. Citizens are given 5 minutes to speak on items not appearing on the Council's regular agenda. Matters which may fall under the jurisdiction of the City Council but not on the posted agenda, may be addressed by the general public, however, California law prohibits any official action by the City Council on items not on its posted agenda. Citizens are encouraged and entitled to address Council on any agenda item subject to the 5 minute provision.
The City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m. (NOTE: 6:00 p.m. starting August 24, 2015) The Council Chambers are located at 2701 Fourth Street.
Council meeting broadcasts are now being aired on Charter Cable channel 2 at 9:30 am Tuesdays following the Monday night meeting and replayed at 6 pm Wednesday evening.
The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 2720 Second Street, Ceres, CA 95307. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at www.fppc.ca.gov/.
2007-2012 Strategic Plan Summary
Together We Achieve and the City Seal
When looking at the City Seal one cannot help but notice the motto "Together We Achieve." In thinking about these words it becomes apparent that they can and
should be more than a slogan. These words have the potential to be a dynamic statement of empowerment and commitment.
The statement "Together We Achieve" acknowledges the interconnection of all municipal services in the common goal of delivering service to the citizens of Ceres. No single department, function or employee independently serves our community. Each one of us is dependent upon another in the performance of our professional responsibilities. Our successes and failures are largely a result of the understanding and commitment we demonstrate in fully realizing this interconnected relationship. As we perform our respective duties it is imperative that we are ever mindful that our dedication to the task at hand has a direct impact upon the effectiveness and efficiency of the our organization as a whole. Each employee must be willing to accept the challenge of contributing to an organization commited to the value thatparticipation from all levels are essential. When any of us falters we suffer as a group, just as when any of us performs at an exemplary level "Together We Achieve."