City Departments

City Manager’s Office
Raul L. Mendez  - City Manager

The City Manager is directly appointed by the City Council on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the city. The City Manager is responsible for the administration of the city government. Among his many duties is to administer and exercise supervision and control over all offices, departments, and services under his jurisdiction; and to make recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council concerning the operation, affairs, and future needs of the city.

City Clerk’s Office
Dominique Spinale – City Clerk

The City Clerk is appointed by the Hughson City Council and serves as the Assistant to the City Manager. The City Clerk serves as the link between agencies and individuals in both the private and public sector. She is responsible for preparing and maintaining records of the City Council agendas, minutes, resolutions, and ordinances. She also serves as the custodian of all city records.


Public Works Department
Dominique Spinale – Management Analyst,  Sam Rush – Public Works Superintendent

The Public Works Department’s primary goal is to provide for the public’s safety. We maintain, improve, and repair the infrastructure of the City in a cost effective manner while planning to meet future needs. This is done by optimizing the use of resources allocated by the City Council.

This Department is responsible to design, maintain and operate public infrastructure systems and facilities including the City’s equipment, vehicles, buildings, parks and streets. The Department will also continue to ensure a healthy environment for our citizens. We provide safe clean parks for recreation, an ample supply of safe drinking water, and an effective sewage disposal system.

Finance Department
Margaret Souza, Finance Director

The Finance Department is responsible for all of the City’s financial operations. These include the collection and disbursement of funds, banking and investment management, accounting and auditing, financial analysis, reporting, payroll, budgeting, cash management, utility billing and collection, business licensing, and information services.

The Finance Department oversees the fiscal affairs of the City and provides related financial services. These services include budgeting, cash management, accounting, utility billing and collection of taxes, fees and fines. In addition to these financial services, the Finance Department administers the City’s refuse collection service and recycling programs.

Planning and Building Department 
Jim Duval, Interim Community Development Director/Planner

The City Planner works with citizens in the development process. The City Planner processes General Plan amendments, zoning changes, subdivisions, use permits, and annexations. The City Planner assists the City Council and the Planning Commission plan by designation of areas for residential, commercial, and industrial growth through the city’s General Plan.

Hughson Planning Commission 
Established by City Municipal Code Chapter 1.12, the primary responsibility of the Planning Commission is to advise the City Council on matters of land use and the General Plan. The five member Commission is appointed by the City Council. The Commission makes recommendations for approval, and can deny applications for General Plan amendments and zoning changes. The Commission acts on subdivisions, use permits, and site plan reviews. The Planning Commission meets the third Tuesday of every month.