The City Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all municipal activities and operations. The City Manager directs City staff in the performance of their duties. The City Manager's Office submits the annual budget to the City Council, and advises the Council of the financial condition and needs of the City. The City Manager makes recommendations to the City Council on the affairs of the City and ensures that all applicable ordinances and laws are enforced. The City Manager attends all Council meetings and advises the Council on legislative and public matters.
The City Clerk's office is responsible for preparing, compiling and distributing City Council agenda packets for City Council meetings; preparing the official minutes of the City Council; certifying official records including minutes, ordinances and resolutions; administering oaths; responding to Public Records Requests; publishing and posting legal notices; maintaining the City's central filing system and the legislative history; ensuring the timely codification of the La Habra Heights Municipal Code; distributing plans and specifications and conducting bid openings for City projects; receiving liability claims against the City; and administering the filing of the Statements of Economic Interests for public officials and designated employees pursuant to the provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974 as regulated by the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The City Attorney serves as the City's legal counsel and prepares resolutions, ordinances and agreements. The City Attorney advises City Council and staff on all legal matters relating to the operation of the municipal government. This service is provided through a contract with the law offices of Best Best & Krieger and other special counsel as needed based on a retainer and an hourly rate schedule.
The Finance Department administers the budget process and the financial aspects of all City operations, including the capital improvement program. Responsibilities include: all treasury functions including investing idle cash; providing for completion of the annual independent audit; preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); and filing required reports with other governmental agencies. Finance is an activity of Administration, and also oversees the accounting of all revenues and expenditures, business licensing, grant programs, and treasury functions.
The Public Works Department functions to serve in the areas of Public Works Administration, Capital Improvements, Civil Engineering, Facility and Streets Maintenance. The Public Works Department is responsible for preserving and enhancing the quality and safety of City streets, parks and recreational trails, public buildings and facilities.
The Community Development function is responsible for ensuring the development of a well-designed physical environment within the community. The function includes Planning, Code Enforcement, and Building & Safety.
Human Resources implements and maintains a personnel system for the City, providing guidance and support to all departments for recruitment, selection, classification/salary structures, employee benefits, employee relations, employee training and more.
The Fire Department is responsible for fire prevention and suppression, paramedic services, emergency preparedness programs, and training for local residents. The Fire Department is also responsible for weed abatement, brush and other hazard removal that prevent fires.
Law Enforcement services are provided by contract through the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department is responsible for police patrol, traffic enforcement, crime investigation, alcohol and narcotics enforcement, and the provision of special services.