Rockdale is a home rule community with a mayor and council form of government. The council is made up of six members and a mayor elected from two districts, East and West Side. The mayor oversees the day-to-day operations of city government aided by a city manager and city secretary.
City Hall is located at the center of downtown Rockdale, in a historic 1895 building. The city operates a fire department, ambulance service, police department, three cemeteries, two parks, a swimming pool, and a library.
The progressive, pro-active police department with a staff of nine police officers, one sergeant and one chief rank seventeenth in the state out of 900 departments in crime-solving success rates. The police have sponsored D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for local fifth graders and the Blue Santa program, which provides gifts for needy children. Recent computer upgrades have improved the technological capabilities of the force.
The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department, in existence for 125 years, is comprised of 30 dedicated, well-trained and experienced volunteers. They have a state-of-the-art fleet consisting of a 1995 Pumper, 1996 custom Pumper, a new rescue truck, and three additional fire trucks.
Emergency ground transportation is provided through a contract between the city and Scott & White Transportation Service, with paramedics on staff providing emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Three trucks are stationed within Rockdale city limits 24 hours a day, with backup on-call crew available at all times. Crews average a seven to eight minute response time for all city calls, and 12 to 14 minute response time to county residences and accident scenes.
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