The City of Crystal Lake operates under a Council-Manager Form of Government, adopted by voters in 1957, whereby the Mayor and City Council appoint a City Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City and to carry out the policies that have been enacted by the Corporate Authorities.
The City Manager develops long-range improvement plans, directs the daily operations of City government, and presents an annual budget to the City Council. The City Manager oversees the six departments of the City and Three Oaks Recreation Area:
- Administration (Finance and Human Resources)
- Fire Rescue
- Public Works
- Community Development
- Information Technology
The City of Crystal Lake is committed to continuing the high quality of life enjoyed by the citizens and businesses of the Crystal Lake community. Our mission is to enhance and preserve this quality of life by providing fiscally sound and responsive services, programs, and facilities with the highest degree of professionalism, integrity, and efficiency so that Crystal Lake continues to be a great place to live and work.