The City of Palm Springs was incorporated in 1938 and is a charter city with a City Council/CityManager form of government.

As its governing body, the Palm Springs City Council is comprised of five members, including a separately elected Mayor. The Council is elected citywide. Currently serving on City Council are
Mayor Steve Pougnet, Mayor pro tem Chris Mills, Ginny Foat, Rick Hutcheson, and Paul Lewin.

The City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month beginning at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

City Council agendas are available on the City's Web site after 5 p.m. the Friday before the upcoming Council meeting.

Televised coverage of all City Council meetings is presented live on local cable TV Channel 17 and video streamed on the Internet.

City Clerk

Palm Springs City Clerk
3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 323-8204
Fax: (760) 322-8332

City Clerk James Thompson and his staff are committed to finding creative solutions to developing and delivering services to the public as well as City staff. Constant refinements and improvements to the City's internal management procedures and systems are essential to our ability to deliver the level and quality of service expected by the community.

These services include: election administration; records management and public records requests; optical imaging; support for the City Council, Boards and Commissions; Municipal and Zoning Code Codification; Conflict of Interest and Campaign Disclosure filings; Domestic Partnership program; contract processing, legal notices and subpoenas, and other support services.

"Palm Springs is an inclusive world class city dedicated to providing excellent and responsive public services to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations."

City Councilmembers are elected officers identifed in Government Code Section 87200 and file Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700s) 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. Physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. City Clerk's Office is located at 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California, 92263. The Statements of Economic Interests for some State and Local Government Agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on FPPC's website at: .

Welcome to the City of Palm Springs! Thank you for visiting us at our website. It was designed with you in mind - whether a Palm Springs resident, a "future resident," or a visitor - to allow you access to City information in an easy to navigate site.

At City Hall, we are very proud of our community and strive to provide superior customer service. Quality of life issues shape our goals and policy initiatives as we look to continuously improve our city and community.

Please feel free to call me at (760) 322-8350 with any concerns you may have, or just to say hello. I'm interested in your opinions about city government and how we may better serve you.

If you are a Palm Springs resident, I look forward to meeting you. If you are a visitor, on behalf of all of us at City Hall, we look forward to welcoming you to Palm Springs on your next visit.

Since 1994, Palm Springs has been governed as a charter city, and operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The Council-Manager form is a system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. Other appointed officers are the City Attorney and City Clerk.

The City Manager serves as Chief Executive Officer of the City and the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency. He serves as an advisor to the City Council on policy items impacting the community and the City organization. The City Manager appoints the City's department heads and is responsible for ensuring that city services are performed to the highest standard in accordance with Council policies. The City Manager is responsible for the submission of the City's budget and implementation in support of City Council goals.

Programs & Services

  • Implement policy direction of the City Council
  • Administer the affairs of the City and direct staff in the implementation of the City Council's policies
  • Oversee the proper application and enforcement of City laws and ordinances
  • Provide overall daily supervision, management and direction to City departments
  • Build and maintain relationships with City employees, as well as meet and confer with the six established employee bargaining units
  • Maintain an open environment which encourages residents and business input on City operations and programs
  • Maintain effective management relationships with surrounding city, county, state and federal agencies
  • Coordinate and provide timely and accurate information to the public and media regarding City events and activities
  • Promote organizational effectiveness and greater customer satisfaction through citywide implementation of Team Palm Springs


  • Public Art
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  • Tourism
  • Street Closure Information
  • Sustainability

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  • 1342 S Palm Canyon Dr
  • Palm Springs, CA 92264

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