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The city of Ontario operates under the Council/Manager form of local government. This means that the city council sets policy and hires a city manager to oversee the implementation of the policies that have been set. The city of Ontario City Council consists of six citizen-elected councilors, as well as one citizen-elected mayor, who serves as the head of the legislative branch. In the private sector, the council could be referred to as the “board of directors.” The mayor is similar to the “chairman of the board.” The council is responsible for hiring one employee – the city manager – who serves as the chief executive officer, or head of the executive branch of the local government. City council meetings are generally held the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. For more information, visit www.ontariooregon.org.

Fire Department The Ontario Fire and Rescue Department consists of 36 members dedicated to protecting the citizens of Ontario and residents of surrounding areas. The department has eight full-time firefighters, 28 volunteer firefighters, a full-time fire chief, a part-time administrative assistant and eight associate members. In addition to responding to local fires, the department provides: Hazardous Material Emergency Response, Quick Response/EMT services, fire permits, public fire safety education, services the Ontario Rural Fire Protection District, does inspection of residential burn barrels, commercial fire safety building inspections and checks on the fire safety of new construction in the area. Further information about the fire department can also be found on the city’s website at www.ontariooregon.org.

Police Department The Ontario Police Department provides public safety police and dispatch services 24-hours a day. Other services include: fingerprinting, permits and licenses, crime prevention, animal control and weed/garbage abatement. The police department has 31.75 employees, which include: administration, patrol, detectives, ordinance control and dispatch. Further information about the police department can also be found on the city’s website at www.ontariooregon.org

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency — 911
Argus Observer — 541-889-5387
Cable One — 877-692-2253
Cascade Natural Gas — 541-889-5391
City Hall Front Desk — 541-889-7684
Idaho Power — 800-488-6151
Century Link — 541-889-5321
Motor vehicle license & registration — 541-889-8712
Ontario Aquatic Center — 541-889-7946
Ontario Golf Course — 541-889-9022
Ontario Library — 541-889-6371
Ontario Sanitary Service — 541-889-5719
Police (Non-Emergency) — 541-889-7266
Post Office — 541-889-6692

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