Our Vision

Our Office's Vision for Stockton

One Stockton

Stocktonians are known for our grit, resiliency, and commitment to community. As we have faced the COVID-19 pandemic, homelessness, public safety concerns, and environmental and economic struggles, Stockton has come together in ways the city has not seen before. It is through this collaboration that Stockton positions itself to rebound quicker, rebuild faster, and revitalize our city. Stockton is at the precipice of change. The winds of innovation and progress are upon us and our future success is limitless if we stay committed to collaboration and participation in the work ahead. We must be united if we are to witness the change we all want and desire. Stockton, this is our pathway forward towards success: working together to solve the critical issues facing our city - as One Stockton.

3 Pillars

Housing and Homelessness Economic Opportunity Digital Democracy

Your Government

Stockton's Mayor's Office and our local government structure.

Portrait of Kevin Lincoln

Kevin Lincoln

Portrait of Marla Livengood

Marla Livengood

Portrait of Dana Sovinec

Dana Sovinec

Portrait of Nadeja Steager

Nadeja Steager

Government Structure

Council-Manager Form Of Government

What Is A Council - Manager Form Of Government?

In the Council-Manager form of government, the City Council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public to serve the people, and the City Manager is hired by the council to carry out the policies it establishes. The council consists of seven members, including the Mayor who is elected by the people as defined in the city charter.

The council provides legislative direction, while the city manager is responsible for day-to-day administrative operations of the city based on the council’s recommendations. The mayor and council, as a collegial body, are responsible for setting policy, approving the budget, and determining the tax rate. The manager serves as the council’s chief advisor. City Managers also serve at the pleasure of the council and are responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and hiring and firing personnel.

Each Council Member represents and serves a district within the city and resides in that district. The Mayor represents the entire city and is the Chair of City Council.