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Novato City Government

City of Novato
922 Machin Ave.
Novato, CA 94945

• Council Chambers
901 Sherman Avenue
Novato, CA 94945

Mayor: Eric Lucan Mayor Pro Tem: Jeanne MacLeamy Council Members: Denise Athas, Pat Eklund, Madeline Kellner City Manager: Michael Frank Assistant City Manager: Cathy Capriola Police Chief: James Berg City Clerk: Sheri Hartz Community Development Director: Bob Brown Finance Director: Brian Cochran Human Resources Manager: Dan Weakley Public Works Director: Andrew Poster

The city of Novato has a City Council with five council members. They are elected at large to staggered, four-year terms. The council members select from among themselves the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem (Vice Mayor) for one-year terms. Regular City Council meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, although this is subject to change and special meetings are often added. Most council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue.

If you would like to email the entire City Council, please send your email to:

City Hall Offices are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 922 Machin Ave., Novato, CA 94945. Please note the offices are closed every Friday.

Novato City Government

City Manager’s Office The City Manager oversees the management and operations of all city departments and services.

Contact City Manager Michael Frank at, (415) 899-8900; Assistant City Manager Cathy Capriola at, (415) 899-8906; Executive Secretary Vickie Gerber at, (415) 899-8905.

City Clerk The City Clerk’s office oversees all city records. In addition, the City Clerk serves as the primary public contact for the city. The City Clerk coordinates the preparation of the City Council agendas, takes the official minutes of council meetings, notices all public hearings and official meetings, and coordinates with county officials for City Council and local elections. Contact City Clerk Sheri Hartz at or (415) 899-8900

• Special Districts Special districts in Novato provide other essential infrastructure services. Fire services are provided by the Novato Fire Protection District; refuse, recycling services, and sewage systems are provided by the Novato Sanitary District; water services by the North Marin Water District; public transit services by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District; and library services by the Marin County Free Library.

Novato Fire Protection District

North Marin Water District

Novato Sanitary District

Marin County Free Library, Novato Branch

Community Development The Community Development Department consists of four divisions: Planning, Building, Code Enforcement and Housing.

The Planning Commission reviews land use proposals, providing recommendations to the City Council on the General Plan, Master Plans, Precise Development Plans, Specific Plans, rezonings, annexations and CEQA determinations.

The Design Review Commission reviews site design, architecture and landscaping, providing recommendations to the Planning Commission on Master Plans, Precise Development Plans and Subdivisions.

Finance The Finance division of the Administrative Services department provides financial services and fiscal management to all city departments. Contact the department at (415) 899-8900; Fax: (415) 899-8215.

Human Resources The Human Resources division is responsible for the management of the city’s human resource activities and services. Contact the department at or (415) 899-8900.

Parks, Recreation and Community Services The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department manages the city’s facilities, parks and recreational programs. Register for recreation activities and programs offered through PRCS at our two convenient customer service centers, or online at

Public Works Department
(415) 899-8246
(415) 899-8280
Corporation Yard 550 Davidson Street; Dave Meyers, Superintendent.

Police Department The women and men of the Novato PD are committed to providing quality public safety services to our community. We are very proud of our dedicated employees and volunteers who, through their daily activities, are making a positive difference by enhancing safety and security in Novato.

The city of Novato covers approximately 28 square miles with a population of 51,000 residents.

Chief of Police James Berg oversees the management and operations of the Novato Police Department and services. The Chief of Police provides information to the community on police programs, services, activities and community issues; coordinates with other local and regional agencies in order to promote and protect the interests of the city and to ensure a safe environment for our community. 909 Machin Avenue; Business (415) 897-4361; After Hours (415) 897-1122.

Emergency Preparedness Get Ready Novato! The people of Novato and all of Marin County face a multitude of hazards including earthquakes, wildfires, flooding and landslides. To address these public safety risks, a simple and free two-hour emergency preparedness program is being offered to all households in the county through the Get Ready Emergency Disaster Preparedness Program. Get Ready is a collaborative effort between all the communities and jurisdictions within Marin County with a goal to prepare households with the necessary skills and information to survive and cope with a disaster for five to seven days. For more information, please contact: Novato Police Department 897-4361 or


Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meetings:
Second Wednesday every other month, 7 p.m.

Design Review Commission Meetings:
First and third Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.

Economic Development Advisory Commission Meetings:
Fourth Thursday - 3 p.m.

Housing, Zoning and Building Codes Appeals Board Meetings:
As needed.

Planning Commission Meetings:
First and third Monday - 7:30 p.m.

Police Advisory and Review Board Meetings:
First Thursday - 7 p.m. (as needed)

Recreation, Cultural & Community Service Advisory Commission Meetings:
Second Thursday, odd months - 7 p.m.

Streetscape Maintenance Coalition Advisory Committee Meetings:
Second Monday of every month beginning at 7 p.m.

Street Improvement Oversight Advisory Committee Meetings:
Fourth Thursday - 12 noon (As needed.)

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