Founded in the late 1880s, Huntington Beach was incorporated as a Charter City in 1909. Huntington Beach has a City Council/City Manager form of government. The City Council has seven members, each of whom are elected to four-year terms.
City Council Members are limited to two consecutive terms. The position of Mayor is filled by Council Members on a rotating basis. There are three elected department heads: the City Attorney, City Clerk and City Treasurer.
The City of Huntington Beach is a full service city. Its major departments include the City Manager's office, Community Development, Library Services, Public Works, Community Services, Human Resources, Finance, Information Services, Police and Fire. The city has approximately 1,000 employees and a total budget of more than $300 million.