Oak Cliff constitutes a significant portion of the city of Dallas—the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest city in the country. The city operates under the city manager/city council form of government, which is led by a 15-member city council. The council is composed of 14 members elected at large from single-member districts and the mayor, who is elected by the entire city. Currently, eight council districts oversee portions of the Oak Cliff community.
The city maintains two service centers and police operations bureaus in Oak Cliff, as well as its Municipal Center, which houses several city departments and is the primary permitting site for the city of Dallas. An enhanced 911 system has been in place for several years, serving the area’s police, fire and medical emergency needs. The city has also incorporated a 311 system, designed to give citizens easy access to city government in
order to report emergencies that are not life threatening in nature. The city is a national leader when it comes to implementing interactive community policing initiatives, and has both mobile police and permanent police storefront operations conveniently located throughout Dallas—including several in Oak Cliff.
Dallas County government is led by the Commissioner’s Court, a governing body consisting of the County Judge (elected at large) and the four-member County Commissioners (elected from each district). The county maintains a sub-courthouse in North Oak Cliff, as well as two additional offices for area Justices of the Peace and Constables.