Danville Town Government

Danville Town Government

Danville is a general-law city operating under the Council-Manager form of government.  A five-member Town Council is elected at large to four-year terms.  The Council annually selects a Mayor and Vice Mayor from its members.  

General Law City

  • California cities are either General Law City (organized under state law) or Charter City (organized under voter-approved charter)
  • California: General Law Cities (396), Charter Cities (86)
  • Contra Costa: General Law Cities (17), Charter Cities (2)
  • Under the California Constitution, the authority of General Law Cities to legislate may be limited or preempted by the Legislature

Council-Manager Form of Government

  • Elected City Council -  Similar to Board of Directors - CEO Structure

    • Responsible for: legislative functions such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, approving an annual budget, and developing an overall vision, (similar to a corporate board of directors)
    • Serves as the Town's primary legislative body and appoints a Chief Executive Officer, the Town Manager, to oversee day-to-day administrative operations
    • The position of "mayor" present in this type of legislative body is a largely ceremonial title, and may be selected by the council from among its members, as in Danville, or directly elected by the voters. 
  • Town Manager

    • Oversees the day to day administrative operations, implements the Town Councils policies, and advises the Town Council. The manager position is similar to that of corporate chief executive officer (CEO), providing professional management to the board of directors.
    • Town Manager Joe Calabrigo is the longest serving city manager in the East Bay, serving as Danville’s Town Manager since 1993.

Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

The 2020/21 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) allows the Town to continue delivering superior municipal services and fund priority projects in the Danville community.  Total revenues of $34.4 million are forecast, with expenditures of $32.2 million.  

The Town's Areas of Service Delivery Include:

  • General Government (Town Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Community Outreach, Emergency Preparedness),
  • Police Services (Administration, Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Youth Services and Animal Control)
  • Administrative Services (Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Economic Development, Risk Management),
  • Development Services (Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Transportation, Clean Water)
  • Maintenance Services (Buildings, Parks, Roadsides, Streets, Street Lights, Traffic Signals), and
  • Recreation, Arts and Community Services (Sports & Facilities, Cultural Arts, Facilities Management, Youth, Teens, Seniors, Adults, Library, Community Events).

View the Town Organizational Chart (PDF).



Small town atmosphere, outstanding quality of life 

The Town of Danville's mission statement is to deliver superior municipal services that make people's lives better.


  • Keep residents, businesses and property safe
  • Provide well‐maintained public facilities
  • Protect our environment, preserve our history and retain the Town's special character
  • Celebrate diversity, dignity and equality for all members of our community
  • Provide opportunities that support residents' growth and enrichment
  • Promote and support economic vitality and growth
  • Represent and promote Danville's best interests
  • Celebrate community through family-oriented special events
  • Engage and communicate with residents and businesses effectively