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City Attorney

The City Attorney represents the City of Encinitas and the San Dieguito Water District. The City Attorney advises the City Council, City Departments and City Commissions regarding legal matters of concern to the City and its operations.

City Clerk

The City Clerk serves as the Legislative Director for the City and is responsible for permanently recording the decisions made at each City Council meeting. As the key staff for City Council meetings, the City Clerk prepares agendas and minutes, posts and publishes legal notices, and completes the necessary arrangements to ensure a successful and effective meeting.

City Manager

The City Manager’s Office is responsible for City Council agenda planning, development of City-wide policies and procedures, regional government coordination, economic development, legislative tracking, public relations, citizen assistance, law enforcement contract administration, resource allocations and special projects management.

Development Services

The Development Services Department consists of six functional sections: Operations & Engagement, Development Planning & Code Enforcement, Policy Planning & Housing, Land Development & Building, Development Engineering, and Sustainability.


The Finance Department manages the City and Districts' fiscal resources in order to protect and enhance their financial positions. This Department must also assure that adequate resources are provided for City and District Services.


The Engineering Department is responsible for the comprehensive oversight of major City infrastructure projects and Traffic Engineering. 

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for a wide range of services for the City including recreation programs, city-wide special events (Holiday Parade, Spring Egg Hunt and Summer Concerts), park, beach and recreational trail maintenance, streetscape maintenance, animal control services, and oversight of the administration of the Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority.

Public Safety

The Encinitas Fire Department provides a wide array of public safety services. These services include fire protection, emergency response, medical aid, fire prevention, disaster preparedness, search and rescue, lifeguard services and community education programs.

Public Works

The Public Works Department consistently provides high quality maintenance of the City’s public works infrastructure in a fiscally and environmentally responsible manner, while providing exceptional customer service and preserving and enhancing the community’s quality of life and public safety.

San Dieguito Water District

The San Dieguito Water District provides potable (drinking) and recycled water to over 38,000 citizens in the communities of Leucadia, Old Encinitas, Cardiff, and portions of New Encinitas. The remainder of the City is served by the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. The San Dieguito Water District is a subsidiary district of the City of Encinitas. The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors of the District.