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The Richmond Heights City Council provides ever-developing and progressive services (tempered by the city’s strong sense of heritage and tradition) to the city’s residents and businesses.

The City Council is composed of a Mayor and eight City Council Members. In turn, the City Manager carries out the Council’s policies through the day-to-day management of seven municipal departments: Police, Fire, Public Works, Building, Finance, Office of the City Manager (administrative operations), and Parks and Recreation. The Richmond Heights Memorial Library, located with the Parks and Recreation Department in THE HEIGHTS, is a separate taxing and operational entity. The City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month to conduct city business.

Richmond Heights prides itself on being a “free service” city. In addition to the indispensable daily services provided by the departments listed above, the city also provides residents with curbside solid waste disposal and recycling services, curbside leave-vacuuming in the fall, street maintenance and many other value-added services and programs at no additional charge. All of this is accomplished while the city maintains one of the lowest municipal property tax rates in St. Louis County.

The Public Safety Building, which houses Police, Fire and Municipal Court personnel and their equipment, is also home to the East-Central Dispatch Center (ECDC). Through an agreement between six cities, the ECDC provides emergency police, fire and medical dispatching services for residents of the six communities from one location. Facilities in this one dispatching center enable sharing state-of-the-art technologies and equipment by the participating municipalities and, as a result, each city provides its constituents with top-notch, professional service at a lower cost per city than would be possible if each city provided these services individually.

Since 2002, Richmond Heights and several neighboring municipalities — including the Cities of Brentwood, Clayton and Maplewood — have worked together to initiate a number of specific, cooperative actions that have resulted in cost-savings and improved operations in each of the various communities. This includes street resurfacing, joint purchases and increased parks and recreation activities and services.

For more details about the history, development, services and operations of the city, visit

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