City and Government

General Information About the City of Blythe

The City of Blythe is a General Law city which was incorporated in 1916. It is located 225 miles east of Los Angeles and 150 miles west of Phoenix Arizona. The Colorado River embraces the east side of the Palo Verde Valley. The City has a Council-Manager form of municipal government. The City Council appoints the City Manager who is responsible for the day to day administration of City business and the coordination of all departments. The City Council is composed of five members elected biannually to alternating four-year terms.

The City of Blythe encompasses an area of approximately 26.8 square miles and is situated 265 feet above sea level. Blythe enjoys a comfortable California desert climate with winter temperatures averaging 55-75 degrees, and summer temperatures averaging 85-110 degrees. Annual rainfall is approximately 3 inches per year.

About the City Council
The City Council consists of five (5) members, elected by the City at-large, who serve four year staggered terms. After each election, the City Council appoints a Mayor and a Vice-Mayor from its own membership to serve a two year term. The Mayor is responsible for presiding over City Council meetings, representing the City Council at various business and ceremonial events, and executing all ordinances, resolutions and contracts. The Vice-Mayor performs these duties in the absence of the Mayor.

As a legislative body, the City Council is responsible for the enactment of local laws (ordinances), the adoption of the City's annual Operating and Capital Budget, review and adoption of proposed policies, agreements, contracts and other City business items. The City Council also sits as the governing board for the Blythe Redevelopment Agency.

The City Council can be contacted through the Administrative Assistant, whose office is located at City Hall, 235 North Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at Blythe City Hall, 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225.

Addressing Council at Meetings

Any person wishing to address the City Council on any matter, whether or not it appears on the Agenda, may do so under the “Public Comment” portion of the Agenda. Each individual is allowed three minutes to address Council. No action is taken on any items that are not on the Agenda

City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Council wholly on the basis of his/her administrative and executive ability and qualifications and holds the position for and during the pleasure of the City Council.

The City Manager is the administrative head of the government of the City under the direction and control of the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the City which are under his control. The City Manager is also the Executive Director of the Blythe Redevelopment Agency and is responsible for administering the programs available through the Agency.

The City Manager can be contacted through the Administrative Assistant, whose office is located at City Hall, 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225.

Finance Department

The Finance Department is responsible for all aspects of the City's accounting process (accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash disbursements, general ledger, financial reporting and independent audit), business licensing, utility billing and payment processing, payroll administration, data processing, investment management, preparation of the City Budget, Blythe Redevelopment Agency Budget and Palo Verde Transit Agency Short Range Transit Plan

Departmental Functions:

  • Accounting: The Department maintains all accounting records for the General Fund, Enterprise Funds, Special Revenue Funds, Capital Improvement Funds, Trust and Agency Funds.
  • City Budget: The Finance Director assists the City Manager in the preparation of the proposed City Operating and Capital Budget, Blythe Redevelopment Agency Budget and Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency Short Range Transit Plan. Specific duties include the preparation of revenue forecasts and the analysis of departmental expenditure requests.
  • Payroll: The Department coordinates bi-weekly payroll processing for the City's full time and part-time employees and monthly payroll for elected officials and on-call firefighters.
  • Investment Management: The City Treasurer with the assistance of the Finance Director is responsible for the investing of the City's and Redevelopment Agency's idle cash. These monies are generally invested in the State Local Agency Investment Fund.
  • Data Processing: The Finance Director procures and maintains computer hardware and software for the City, assists in the development of computer applications for the various departments.
  • Utility Billing: The Department is responsible for billing and processing payments received for water, sewer, wastewater treatment, sanitation, landfill, and recycling charges.

Human Resources

The City of Blythe employs 75 full time employees and 35 part-time on call firefighters in several departments and offices throughout the City. Through the development and implementation of citywide personnel policies and procedures, the department assists other City departments in acquiring, developing and retaining high-quality employees.

Departmental Functions:

  • Employment: The City of Blythe posts, advertises and accepts employment applications only when there is a position available. Applications for Lateral Police Officer are accepted on an ongoing basis in order to keep an active eligibility list.
  • Safety: Schedules and monitors safety training for City departments to ensure compliance with all employment laws.
  • Unit M.O.U.'s: Maintenance and distribution of all employees' Memorandum of Undertanding.
  • Employee Benefits: Monitors and provides information to both employees and the public regarding health benefits and plans available, retirement benefits, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and dental and vision benefits.
  • Labor Relations: Maintains a working relationship with all Labor Unions.

Development Services Department

235 North Broadway

Blythe CA 92225

(760) 922-6130 Phone

(760) 922-6334 FAX

The Development Services Department is comprised of the Planning,

Building and Code Compliance Divisions.

Fire Department

Public Works Department

The goal of Public Works Administration is to provide the highest quality service to the citizens of Blythe. The department has 35 full-time employees, a budget of $17 million and is organized into the following divisions:

· Engineering

· Street Maintenance

· Central Garage

· Water

· Waste Water Treatment

· Sewer Collection

· Solid Waste (Trash)

The combined responsibilities of these departments include maintaining and managing the City's infrastructure. The Public Works Department is responsible for maintenance and improvement of all publicly owned streets, curbs, gutter and sidewalks, storm drains, storm lift stations, traffic signals, water treatment, production and distribution, sewer collection and treatment, sewer lift stations, solid waste (trash) collection and recycling programs, vehicle maintenance of all city vehicles and vector control. In addition, the department supervises all construction of public improvements in subdivisions and on public property, through its Engineering Division.

Parks Department

City of Blythe has seven parks and one pocket park. The Parks Department is responsible for maintenance and development of all city parks. The Department is under the supervision of the Superintendent who is responsible for the Parks and the Golf Course. Staff consist of the Parks Supervisor and five employees who rotate shifts seven days a week to ensure the quality of the city parks for public use.

Below is a list of general park rules and regulations.

For complete information, please review Blythe Municipal Code 12.28.

  • City parks are open to the public from 6:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in city parks, except in closed functions approved by the City Council.
  • Only domestic cats and dogs are allowed in city parks. All dogs and cats must be on a leash or in a cage and accompanied by their owner.

For a special event a Park Use Permit is needed.


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