The City of Hughson operates under a Council-Manager form of Government. The voters elect the City Council and the Council appoints the City Manager. The City Manager appoints all subordinate employees of the City of Hughson with the exception of the City Treasurer, the City Attorney and the various members of Boards and Commissions.
The City Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the City and directs the activities and operations of all departments, assists the City Council in the conduct of City business and provides administrative oversight to the operation and policy function of the City Government. It is the duty of the City Manager to enforce all laws and ordinances of the City and to see that all franchises, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the City Council are faithfully observed.
The City Manager is the finance officer of the City, and has a duty to control, regulate and authorize the purchasing and fiscal management activities of the City and keep the City Council at all times fully advised of the financial conditions and needs of the City. In addition to any other duties as may be delegated by the City Council, it is the duty of the City Manager to prepare and submit the proposed annual budget and annual salary plan to the City Council for its approval.
The City Manager also serves as a Board Member to the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency for the City of Hughson, the Southeast Stanislaus Communities Family Resource Center Advisory Board, the Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Management and Finance Committee, and the Consolidated Emergency Dispatch Agency Commission.
The City Manager works closely with the City’s public safety providers (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and Hughson Fire Protection Services), as well as the Hughson Unified School District.
RAUL L. MENDEZ, City Manager
Phone: (209) 883-4054
Raul Mendez began his duties as City Manager of Hughson on June 17, 2013. Mr. Mendez is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the California City Management Foundation.
Prior to this position, Mr. Mendez served as a Senior Management Consultant with the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office and a Housing Policy and Legislative Manager with the City of San José Department of Housing.
Mr. Mendez has a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems from California State University of Stanislaus. Mr. Mendez graduated from Riverbank High School and was born in Patterson, California coincidently the same year that the City of Hughson incorporated.
Mr. Mendez is the youngest of five brothers (Rene, Miguel, Roberto and Pedro) all of whom were born in Patterson, graduated from Riverbank High School and California State University Stanislaus before obtaining Masters Degrees in their respective fields (Duke University-Public Policy, Ohio State University-Economics, California State University of Sacramento-Art and George Washington University-International Affairs). All five Mendez siblings are professionals and public servants in government or education institutions. Mr. Mendez credits his father (Miguel) and mother (Aurora) for their collective success through their amazing work ethic and support.
Mr. Mendez has been married for nearly 20 years to his wife Quan, a Modesto City Schools teacher, and they have two children, Nicholas and Isabella. Mr. Mendez met his wife at CSU, Stanislaus where they both competed on their respective tennis teams. In addition to supporting their children at Thomas Downey High School in their academics and athletics, they both enjoy an active lifestyle that still includes tennis and now running too.