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, Administrative Services, Community Development, Public Works, Community and Library Services, Finance, Police and Fire. The city has nearly 1,500 full-time and part-time employees and a total annual budget of more than $400 million.