Los Angeles Government

The Los Angeles Government conducts operations as a charter city, rather than a general law city. Elected Los Angeles City Council includes 15 districts, plus the Mayor. The relationship operates as a mayor-council government, and various additional elective offices.

There are many appointed officer and departments, including the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and many more.


  • Los Angeles city government include these city officers:
  • Mayor,
  • Council members
  • City Clerk
  • City Attorney
  • Treasurer
  • Controller
  • Board member or commissioner of departments, and Chief administrative officer for each office
  • Executive Director of the Board of Police Commissioners
  • Other elective officers by ordinance


The mayor is acting chief executive officer for the city of Los Angeles. A mayor is elected or re-elected on a four-year term, with a maximum of two terms.

City Council

The governing body for Los Angeles, is the Los Angeles City Council. With 15 elected members, one from each district, council members serve a four-year term with a maximum of three terms. Council president is determined at the first regular meeting, taking place during odd-numbered years and after June 30th. The council president is also the president pro tempore, which assigns the assistant president pro tempore.

Police Department

The city of Los Angeles is policed by the LAPD, governed by the Chief of the LAPD and Los Angele Board of Police Commissions. Furthermore, there are specialized police agencies that includes City Park Rangers, Port Police, Airport Police, General Services Police. Meanwhile, the Unified School District maintains a police department of its own, along with various school districts around the city.

Neighborhood councils

In 1999, voters ratified an advisory neighborhood council system which represents stakeholder diversity that is defined by those that live, work, and/or own property within said neighborhood. The councils are relatively spontaneous and autonomous as they identify boundaries of their own, while their own bylaws are established, and electing officers of their own.


There are other elected officials, such as:

Los Angeles City Attorney which has the duties of legally representing the city as acting legal counsel. This position provides the authority to prosecute misdemeanor criminal offense in the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles City Clerk, this position oversees the city’s record keeping and elections.

Los Angeles City Controller, this is an elected chief accounting officer and auditor for the city.

Los Angeles City Treasurer, this position handles all of the city’s financial matters.


In Los Angeles, the most recent election was in May, 2013 for the position of Mayor, where Eric Garcetti (13th district City Councilman) defeated Wendy Greuel (City Controller) for the position. The voting turnout was only 19% of total registered voters, which is the lowest recorded turnout. Garcetti had 54% of votes.


Within Los Angeles, legislative powers are vested within the City Council, which is exercised by ordinances and subject to veto by the acting Mayor.