The City Council consists of an elected mayor and four elected council members. Each serves a four-year term.
The City of Carlsbad also has an elected City Clerk and City Treasurer. To find other elected officials that serve Carlsbad, please visit the County Registrar's website.
The City Council meets annually to discuss goals for the coming year. These goals become the policy direction for city staff, who create work plans and budgets to implement this direction.