Cloverdale is served by an active and vibrant five-member elected city council. The mayor is elected annually by majority vote of the council members, and presides over city council meetings and city ceremonies. Additionally, the city manager, city attorney, and members of boards and commissions are appointed by the city council. The council members also serve as the board of directors for the Community Development Agency, as well as on various regional government committees and agencies.
Local law enforcement is provided by the Cloverdale Police Department, which is comprised of eight sworn officers, one chief of police, three sergeants, one record supervisor, five dispatchers, one part-time dispatcher, four reserve officers and one community service officer. Each officer is assigned a patrol car which is taken home and parked at their home when they are off duty in order to facilitate faster response times should the need for emergency back-up arise. Additional law enforcement service is provided by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, the State Police and surrounding community law enforcement agencies.
The Cloverdale Fire Protection District has a staff of three full-time firemen, one part-time fireman and 25 volunteers. Surrounding communities also lend their services to provide additional coverage as needed. The California Department of Forestry has a fully staffed office within the city limits that also responds to most fire emergencies.