Gaithersburg was chartered as the Town of Gaithersburg in 1878 and achieved City status in 1968. It operates under a Council-Manager form of municipal government, with the Council-appointed City Manager responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City.
The Mayor and City Council is the chief legislative body for Gaithersburg. Members are elected to staggered four-year terms, with the Mayor serving in a non-voting position as Council President.
Through a variety of volunteer committees, Gaithersburg residents play an important role in advising the Mayor and City Council on vital issues.
The City of Gaithersburg operates on a fiscal year that begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The annual budget is comprised of an operating budget, a five-year Capital Improvement Plan, and transfers to an Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund.
The City Code comprises the ordinances, or laws, and charter amendments enacted and enforced at the local municipal level.
The City Manager directs and coordinates the general administration of the City government, which includes preparation of the annual budget.
City services are carried out through a departmental system that is led by the City Manager. There are nine City departments.
Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in odd numbered years. City residents who are registered to vote in the County are also eligible to vote in any City election. The next City Election will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
View and apply online for all current City government employment opportunities.
Each year City staff, with guidance from the Mayor and City Council, identifies the legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session in Annapolis.
The “Meeting Center" website is where you’ll find minutes, agendas, legal notices, meeting video archives, related documents and rosters for the Mayor and City Council and all other boards, committees and commissions. Here you can learn about upcoming meetings, search and view past meetings, and subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates.
City departments work closely with the Procurement Division of the Department of Finance and Administration to purchase a variety of goods and services ranging from office supplies to multi-million dollar construction projects.
Included here are major projects currently before the Mayor and City Council. These projects include Master Plan amendments and actions, large scale development plans, annexations, legislative and policy issues, and other significant Mayor and City Council initiatives.
If you witness or suspect an illegal, improper or unethical activity, don’t ignore it – REPORT IT. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The City of Gaithersburg provides access to its public records in accordance with the Maryland Public Information Act. Under the Public Information Act, you are entitled to review and obtain copies of records, subject to certain exceptions.