The Mayor and City Council serve as the governing body over city administration providing direction to City staff on policies that aim to ensure for responsiveness, effective and high quality service delivery to our residents. For 12 months of the year (with only two small breaks in the summer and winter), the Mayor and City Council manage the City's legislative agenda, ultimately setting City Council local municipal policies, passing local ordinances, voting on funding appropriations and developing an overall vision for the City. In Union City, the city council is elected at large, meaning that they represent the entire community, rather than just representing the districts where they live.
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci is a lifetime Union City resident who has worked for the last 30 years as an income tax professional in our community. Starting in 1988, warmly known as, Mayor Carol, she got her civic start serving on the Redevelopment Advisory Committee and Planning Commission until she was elected to City Council in 1997. After 13 years as a City Councilmember, she was elected Mayor in 2012, where she is currently serving her second term. Her current roles as Mayor include: