The City of Toppenish is a Council-Manager form of government. The seven Councilmembers, elected by the citizens, hire the City Manager, who serves as the chief executive officer for the City. The City Manager’s office provides general management services to the overall operation of the city. As the chief executive officer of the city, the City Manager sees that all policies set by the City Council are carried out. The City Manager hires personnel, enforces city laws, prepares the annual budget, and supervises the City’s daily operations. The Department Directors and Managers (Administrative Services, Community Television, Fire, Police, Public Works, and Recreation and Aquatics) report directly to the City Manager. The City Manager has prepared a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide to assist the citizens of Toppenish. If you need further information please contact the Interim City Manager.
Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Toppenish City government is enhanced by the volunteers who serve on its boards, commissions, and committees. Some of these boards function in an advisory capacity to the City Council on selected community issues, while others have the authority to render binding decisions. From time to time, the City Council also appoints special interim groups to provide recommendations on specific issues.
The City advertises openings for boards, commissions, committees, or interim groups for a 30-day period in local newspapers. If you are interested in being considered for appointment, we encourage you to contact the City Manager’s Office at (509) 865-6319. Thank you for your interest.
Cable Regulation Board
The City Manager serves as Cable Communications Officer for the Cable Regulation Board, pursuant to the franchise ordinances of the MidValley cities Granger, Toppenish, and Wapato. The City Manager’s office provides administrative and secretarial support services to the Board, carrying out the day-to-day business of administering the franchise.
The Cable TV Communications Fund is established for the purpose of administering the joint Cable TV franchises of Granger, Toppenish, and Wapato and providing community access to television within these communities. For more information regarding the Cable Regulation Board or MidValley Television contact the City Manager’s office at (509) 865-6319 or contact the Community Television Manager at (509) 865-6888.
The City Manager’s Office provides staff support and direction for the City of Toppenish Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). This committee represents various businesses, hotels, and residents that make recommendations to the City Council on how to best utilize tourism development dollars to market Toppenish and increase economic development.