City Manager
David Burkland
(530) 896-7200
Public Address
421 Main Street

The City Manager is the chief executive officer of the City of Chico. Currently the office is held by David Burkland. The municipal government provided by the Chico City Charter is a “council-manager” form of government. This form of local government places a great deal of administrative power in the office of the city manager.

The city manager is appointed by the City Council and serves at its pleasure. Other than the City Attorney and the various Boards and Commissions, almost all other city officers and department heads are appointed by the city manager, subject to confirmation by the council. The city manager may not be removed from office except by the affirmative vote of at least four members of the city council. The city manager is chosen on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications. The city manager need not be a resident of the city or state at the time of appointment.

Chico City Managers


  • The city manager is the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the city government.
  • The city manager is responsible to the council for the administration of all units of the city government under the city manager's jurisdiction and for carrying out policies adopted by the council.
  • The city manager is charged with the preservation of the public peace, welfare, health, the safety of persons and property, the enforcement of law and the development and utilization of the city's resources.


The city manager shall:

  • Appoint, discipline and remove, subject to the personnel system ordinance of the city, all officers and employees of the city except as otherwise provided by the Charter. The city manager may authorize the head of any department or office to appoint, discipline or remove subordinates in such department or office.
  • Prepare the budget annually, submit it to the council, and be responsible for its administration after its adoption.
  • Prepare and submit to the council as of the end of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances, physical inventory and administrative activities of the city for the preceding year.
  • Keep the council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations on any matter as may to the city manager seem desirable.
  • Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Charter or required of the city manager by the council not inconsistent with the Charter.
  • The city manager may have the privilege to take part in the discussion of all matters coming before the council, but shall not vote.

After obtaining and considering the recommendations of the city manager, the council shall provide by ordinance, not inconsistent with this Charter, for the organization, function, conduct and operation of the several offices, departments, and boards and commissions of the city, and may provide for the creation of additional departments, boards and commissions, divisions, offices and agencies, and for their consolidation, alteration, abolition, or reassignment.

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