Over the next two years, the City of Morro Bay will be working with you to define our future. We need your input as we work to update the City's General Plan/Local Coastal Plan and create a Downtown - Waterfront Strategic Plan

About the Department
The Harbor Department is a service-oriented organization providing boater assistance, emergency response, code enforcement, and facilities maintenance for the waterfront and the waters of Morro Bay. This Department provides a high level of service in community education (water safety programs), public outreach, and community relations for boaters, beach users, and waterfront visitors.

The Harbor Department is an Enterprise Fund and operates from revenues generated from the Tidelands properties we manage. Revenue received from tenant rents, boat fees, waterfront tideland leases, and other sources is put back into preventative maintenance, capital improvement, parking services, staffing, public safety, special events, and public education.

Mission Statement
To enhance the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of Morro Bay by providing exceptional emergency and allied services. Duties & Responsibilities
The Morro Bay Fire Department is responsible for numerous activities that promote life safety in the community, including:

  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire suppression activities in structures, wildland, vehicles, boats and harbor-related areas
  • Technical rescue services including high-angle rope rescues, confined space rescue, trench rescue, water rescue, and urban search and rescue

The department also undertakes hazardous material operations along with other services such as training activities, fire prevention and code enforcement, public education and assistance, disaster preparedness and manages the City's Emergency Operations Center

The Morro Bay Police Department (MBPD) provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week law enforcement services to the City.

The Department is highly active in the community and helps with an annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, the Special Olympics Torch Run, a Christmas-time Caroling Cop Cars event and we co-sponsor an annual Emergency Vehicle Show.

The MBPD enjoys a variety of programs, including a Police Volunteer Program, a Police Explorer Program, and an active Neighborhood Watch Program, all which further promote community partnership.

MBPD officers undertake a variety of roles, including Patrol, School Resource Officer, Detectives, Explorer advisor, Regional SWAT Team Operator, Bicycle Patrol, and Drug Recognition Evaluator.
As the administrative head of the City Government, the City Manager is appointed by the Council to enforce municipal laws, direct daily operations of the city, and prepare and implement the municipal budget.

The formal duties of the City Manager include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Work with elected officials as they develop policies. The manager may discuss problems and recommendations, propose new plans, or discuss issues that affect the community and its residents
  • Ensure that laws and policies approved by elected officials are equitably enforced throughout the city
  • Seek feedback from residents and members of the business community to address and solve problems
  • Prepare the annual budget, submit it to elected officials for approval, and implement it once approved
  • Supervise department heads, administrative personnel, and other employees
  • Investigate citizen complaints and problems within the administrative organization and recommend changes to elected officials
  • Undertake any number of special studies, research efforts, and projects in support of council directives
The City Manager is responsible for:
  • Providing coordination of and direction to the department heads of the city
  • Guiding the city organization in the direction of Council established goals
  • Providing information to the City Council
  • Identifying community issues and needs
  • Preparing reports and analysis to assist the City Council in making policy decisions



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