Lafayette is at the center of the two cities, Lafayette and Orinda, and one town, Moraga, that form the region known…More as "Lamorinda." The city was incorporated in 1968, although settlement of the area began in 1848 and the Pony Express made a quick stop here in 1860.
Today, Lafayette is favored by long-term residents and new arrivals for its semi-rural charm, quality of life, top-rated schools, low crime rate, mild climate and oak tree-studded hills. Located between Berkeley and Walnut Creek, Lafayette has its own Bay Area Rapid Transit station (BART) and is only a 25-minute BART ride from San Francisco.
A "limited services" city with police and fire protection contracted to county agencies, Lafayette's administrative offices are responsible for human resources, finance and office operations. Code enforcement, engineering, parks & recreation, planning, and public works are headquartered at city hall.
The Police Services Division provides contract law enforcement services through a contract with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. Police Chief Mike Hubbard heads a team of 15 sworn officers, five reserve officers, a canine officer and five non-sworn officers.
Duties include crime suppression, investigation, traffic enforcement, youth services, vehicle abatement, and community outreach and education. The Public Safety function includes the school crossing guard program, with all costs shared with the Lafayette School District.
Call 925 284-5010 for 24-hour dispatch or 911 for emergencies.
The City of Orinda provides police, public works and engineering, parks and recreation, planning and administrative…More services from its offices at 22 Orinda Way.
Services for the town's 17,500 residents originate from this building, and its architect made a point of ensuring that the structure was both welcoming and accessible to those who use it.
Built on an otherwise undevelopable site and situated to take full advantage of existing light and topography, City Hall's designers capitalized on the building's proximity to existing public transportation and incorporated a number of amenities for cyclists and joggers, including bike lockers and a private shower area.
The building houses the offices of the City Clerk, Parks & Recreation Department, Planning Department, Police and Public Works department. The five-member City Council is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, voting appropriations and having overall authority in governing the city. Council members are volunteers, serve without compensation, and serve in staggered, four-year terms. A City Manager and City Attorney are compensated employees who serve as the city's primary legal and managerial advisors.
The city council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Council meetings are held at the Orinda Library Auditorium. In addition to the city council and primary city departments a number of commissions, committees and sub-committees are appointed by the city council and comprised of residents volunteering their time.
Steve Glazer serves as Orinda's mayor. Jeffrey Jennings is chief of police. Chief Jennings commands a force of one patrol sergeant, a detective sergeant, nine sworn patrol officers, a traffic enforcement officer, community service officer and a K-9. Four reserve officers support the department.
Police services are provided through a contract with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.