The City of Scotts Valley, incorporated on August 2, 1966, is a general law city with a population of approximately 11,858. Scotts Valley is located in Santa Cruz County and is six miles north of the City of Santa Cruz and 26 miles southwest of San Jose. The City operates under the council-manager form of government. Five council members are elected to four-year terms, and every year the council selects one member to serve as mayor. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the City.
City departments include: Administration (831-440-5600); Finance (831-440-5610); Police (831-440-5670); Planning (831-440-5630); Building (831-440-5640); and Public Works (831-438-5854), which includes Engineering, Street Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance, Park Maintenance, Building Maintenance, and a Parks and Recreation Division. As part of our Parks and Recreation Division (831-438-3251), the City has six parks/playgrounds, three soccer fields, four tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, an aquatics program, and two childcare facilities on the elementary school campuses. The City also operates a Community Center and a Senior Center. The City operates its own wastewater treatment plant (831-438-0732). The Scotts Valley Water District (831-438-2363), a separate special district, provides water services. The Scotts Valley Fire Protection District (831-438-0211), a separate special district, provides fire services. Refuse collection and recycling services are contracted out to a private company: Green Waste Recovery (831-426-2711).