The City, incorporated on January 20, 1960 as a general law city, has approximately 194 full-time employees and delivers services to the community through six departments:
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Fire services are provided by Novato Fire Protection District; refuse, recycling services and sewage systems are provided by Novato Sanitary District; water services by the North Marin Water District; animal control services by the Marin Humane Society; and library services by the Marin County Free Library.
The City Council is made up of five members, elected at large, serving four-year terms. The Mayor is selected for a one-year term from among the members of the City Council. The City operates under a council-manager form of government. The City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney.