As a general law municipality, Clayton is organized by a Council-Manager form of government, where the City Manager functions as the chief executive officer of the City. Appointed by the City Council, the City Manager serves at the will and pleasure of the City Council and receives policy direction from the City Council during public meetings.
The City Manager is responsible for ensuring all laws and ordinances adopted by the City Council are properly implemented and enforced. Each Department Head of the City is hired by and supervised by the City Manager; together they form the team ultimately accountable for administering the day-to-day operations of the City’s services to its community.
Gary A. Napper
Mr. Napper has served as Clayton’s City Manager since 2001 and Clayton is the 4th city he has managed. He has been employed as a city manager in California for over 33 years and has worked in various California cities for the past 40 years. He lives in Clayton and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate degree.
Assistant to the City Manager
The City Manager also oversees the position of Assistant to the City Manager; this position manages contract and franchise programs such as solid waste, household hazardous waste, cable television, and stormwater program; and coordinates special projects as assigned by the City Manager; and assists with development of the City’s goals and objectives amongst a variety of other duties.