Newport Beach is a charter city governed by an elected, seven-member City Council. The City operates under a council-manager form of government.
The City Council appoints a City Manager whose responsibilities include carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Council, preparing the annual budget, conducting long-range planning, appointing heads of departments, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the city. The Council also appoints a City Attorney to handle the City's legal affairs and a City Clerk who is responsible for all documentation of Council action, preservation of official records, and serves as the City's election official. We invite you to meet the City's management team.
The City of Newport Beach is a full-service city and provides its residents with nearly all public services including police, fire, water, sewer service, trash collection, libraries, street maintenance, traffic management, parks, and marine safety.
Below is a listing of the City's departments and a general overview of responsibilities.
Dave Kiff, city manager
949-644-3001 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 2E
The city manager is responsible for implementing City Council policies, directing City departments and operations, and developing and managing the City’s capital and operating budgets. The City Manager’s Office includes the public information, economic development and information technology divisions.
Aaron Harp, city attorney
949-644-3131 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 2E
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and services to the City Council, City staff, boards, commissions and committees through the preparation of ordinances, resolutions, contracts and legal opinions relating to land use, public safety and other municipal law matters. As the prosecutor for the City, the City Attorney’s Office protects the health, safety and welfare of the public through the effective prosecution of violations of the Charter and Municipal Code. The City Attorney’s Office also represents the City, its officers and staff in civil litigation matters and manages the legal services provided to the City by outside legal counsel.
Leilani Brown, city clerk
949-644-3005 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 2E
The City Clerk’s Office provides service and support to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and administrative departments, as well as the public. As the office of record, the City Clerk has responsibility for maintaining the official records of City Council actions in accordance with the legal requirements for public meetings and execution of all minutes, ordinances, resolutions and contracts. Services to the public include assistance with understanding and participating in the decision and policy making process and assistance with day-to-day inquiries.
Kimberly Brandt, community development director
949-644-3200 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 1B-D
The Community Development Department’s services encompass revitalization of targeted areas, retaining and attracting businesses to Newport Beach, and creating and maintaining high-quality residential neighborhoods and business areas to ensure that Newport Beach provides safe, economically vital, and aesthetically pleasing places in which to live, work, and visit. The Department administers the City’s land use policies, including the general plan, zoning, building, subdivision, and environmental regulations, to ensure the orderly physical growth of the community. Program activities range from advanced and current planning to building permit inspection, plan check, code enforcement, Real Property and Asset Management Program and oversight of the Community Development Block Grant Program.
Dan Matusiewicz, finance director
949-644-3127 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 1A & Bay 2C
The Finance Department’s primary purpose is to act as the chief financial steward over all public resources and to provide a wide variety of financial, technical, and support functions generally encompassed by treasury, accounting, budgeting, long-term financial planning, auditing, and revenue administration. Prudent financial services are critical to the City’s financial stability, and the City’s ability to consistently deliver the highest quality of municipal services our residents have grown to expect and deserve.
Chip Duncan, interim fire chief
949-644-3101 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 2B
The Newport Beach Fire Department is a full-service department providing residents and visitors with exemplary customer service twenty-four hours a day. The terrain and geologic features create a challenging and diversified environment influenced by residential, commercial, mercantile, retail, and manufacturing businesses, as well as a wildland and ocean interface. In order to serve our customers, the department has eight strategically located fire stations; three lifeguard offices on the beach; and thirty-eight lifeguard towers.
Barbara Salvini, human resources director
949-644-3300 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 2A
The Human Resources Department provides professional customer service and support to the City Council, Civil Service Board, City departments, employees, and the public. We provide organizational strategy and analytical information to the City Manager in order to meet key Council goals established for negotiations with bargaining units, working towards organizational transparency and assist in restructuring/improving departments to plan for the future workforce. The department is committed to hiring capable, versatile and highly-qualified talent for the organization, while adhering to budgetary parameters.
Tim Hetherton, library services director
949-717-3800 | 1000 Avocado Avenue
The Library is a valuable resource which offers a diverse range of materials, information and programming for every age group in our community. Over one million people come into the libraries each year and many more use the on-line resources from their home, office or school. The department also oversees the City's cultural arts and public arts programs.
George Murdoch, municipal operations co-director
949-644-3011 | 949 W. 16th Street
Mike Pisani, municipal operations co-director
949-644-3055 | 592 Superior Avenue
The Municipal Operations Department is committed to providing a safe reliable source of water for drinking, irrigation and fire protection, as well as wastewater services to convey wastewater from homes and businesses for treatment and disposal. We are also responsible for maintaining all city public property such as beaches, streets, sidewalks, parks, and trees. We understand that maintaining these assets at a high level increases the quality of life for our residents and enjoyment of our visitors.
Jon Lewis, chief of police
949-644-3681 | 870 Santa Barbara Drive
The Newport Beach Police Department is committed to providing our Community with the highest quality police services possible to maintain the quality of life that is cherished by those who reside, work, and visit here. Members of the department include the patrol / traffic division which serves as the community's first line of defense against criminal activity; a detective division that is the investigative arm and responsible for narcotics and vice enforcement, criminal intelligence, crime analysis, school resource officers, court liaison services and crime scene investigations; and an administrative support division that is responsible for handling over 200,000 telephone calls, processing over 10,000 reports, personnel and training, IT and fleet maintenance.
Dave Webb, public works director
949-644-3330 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 2D
Public Works is everywhere you look! The Public Works Department designs and constructs capital construction projects that keep our city looking beautiful and functioning efficiently including improvements to the city's roads, intersections, bridges, sidewalks, storm drains, traffic signals, water quality and environmental features, piers, water and sewer systems, street lighting, public buildings and parks (i.e. Infrastructure). In addition, Public Works manages harbor resources, water quality and conservation programs, and street permits for utility company activities and private development construction.
Laura Detweiler, recreation & senior services director
949-644-3151 | 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay 1E
The Recreation & Senior Services Department is responsible for providing the community quality educational, recreational, cultural and social programs for people of all ages in safe and well maintained facilities, opens spaces and parks. This department facilitates the rental of indoor and outdoor recreational sites and manages a diverse range of special events held in Newport Beach.