The City of Ontario operates under the council-manager form of local government. The five members of the City Council are elected by the citizens as the legislative, policy-making branch of City government; and the City Manager is appointed by the City Council to implement policy and manage day-to-day operations. All Council Members serve at large and serve four-year terms. Every even-numbered year, either the Mayor and two Council Members or two Council Members, the City Clerk and City Treasurer stand for election. The Council Members also sit as the Commissioners of the Ontario Housing Authority.
City Council Meetings
Ontario residents are encouraged to attend City Council meetings. Residents who wish to address the Council may do so in accordance with the guidelines noted in the City Council agendas. City Council agendas are available online, at the City Clerk/Records Management Department or at the City Council Meetings.
The Ontario City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meeting times are displayed on the City Council agenda and held at the Ontario City Hall located at 303 East B Street. Special meetings and workshops are scheduled as needed.
Print and online versions of agendas for City Council meetings are available on the Friday preceding Council meetings at the City Clerk & Records Management Department and on the City website. Agendas of upcoming meetings are also posted at the entrance to City Hall.
The City Clerk prepares the minutes of the City Council and Ontario Housing Authority meetings. Minutes are posted for public review at the entrance to City Hall and also on the City website.
City Council Broadcasts
Ontario residents with Time Warner Cable or Verizon FiOS service may watch live broadcasts of public City Council meetings held in the Council Chambers. The meetings are broadcast live on the government access channel (Channel 3) and will begin at the time listed on the Council agenda.