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City of Hillsboro: Local Government

 

While we greatly respect tradition, we are not your traditional City government here in Hillsboro. We are a financially conservative, yet innovative and forward-thinking, full-service City. We take pride in having an open, entrepreneurial and cooperative approach toward serving residents, businesses and community partners. Success to us means working together to provide excellent municipal services and plan for a bright future for Hillsboro.

We operate under a Councilor/City Manager form of government. Voters elect six Councilors and a Mayor. Each serves a four-year term, subject to a charter-imposed limitation of two consecutive terms. The Mayor and Council appoint a City Manager to conduct the business of the City. Policy decisions are the responsibility of the Council and Mayor. Administrative functions are carried out by the City Manager and manager-appointed staff.

Orenco Station retail streetThe City has 780 full-time employees and 400 part-time/temporary employees. City Departments include: the City Manager’s Office, Building, Economic Development, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Information Services, Library, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Police, Public Works and Water.

Together with community partners and residents, we work to thoughtfully plan for and grow Hillsboro’s future. We are home to Oregon’s largest employer, Intel Corporation, as well as other high technology leaders, and hundreds of smaller companies. Continuing to be a leader in attracting new businesses and economic opportunities to Hillsboro is critical. We value our business partners because when they thrive, jobs and economic opportunity are created here.

The community-driven Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan builds on the success of the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan, our original, award-winning plan which led to many community enhancements including the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, Hondo Dog Park, the Walters Cultural Arts Center, community gardens, diverse housing options, family-friendly community events and Ron Tonkin Field, home of the Hillsboro Hops professional baseball team (Go Hops!). The Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan is based on input and ideas from over 5,000 of our community members for the future of Hillsboro, and includes a vision of what people want Hillsboro to look like by the year 2035 and an action plan for getting us there.

See "Services" for more details on the valuable services provided by our departments, and "Community" for more information on what the City of Hillsboro is all about, including our rich history, demographics, and links to more information about the community.