The City of Willits operates under a council-manager governance structure. This system combines the policy leadership of elected officials on the City Council with the managerial expertise of an appointed city manager.
The Role of the Elected Officials
Under the council-manager form, the elected officials are the legislative body and the community's policy makers. Power is centralized in this body, which approves the budget and adopts local laws and regulations. The elected officials also focus on the community's big-picture goals, such as community growth and sustainability. The elected officials hire a professional manager based on that person's education, experience, skills, and abilities and not on their political allegiances.
About the City Manager
The City Manager serves as the chief administrative officer of the organization managing the day-to-day delivery of public services. She serves as the governing body's chief advisor by providing objective information about local operations, discussing options, offering an assessment of the long-term consequences of decisions, and making policy recommendations. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out Council policies, preparing a budget for the Council's consideration and is responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising and terminating City staff.
Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra has been the City Manager for the City of Willits since March, 2018. She has an extensive background in both public and private sectors. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. (juris doctor) from UC Berkeley School of Law.