The Town of Hillsborough is a residential community located in San Mateo County, California. It is west of Highway 101 and El Camino Real and east of Highway 280 within a short commute to San Francisco and minutes from San Francisco International Airport.
The Town performs essential services including police protection, building permitting and inspection, land use management, and maintenance of roads, public facilities, water, sewer and storm drainage infrastructures. The Town also funds fire protection services provided by the Central County Fire Department. Town has an area of 6.23 square miles and a current population of 11,122.
The Town is a general law city operating with a Council/Manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the governing City Council, which consists of a Mayor, a Vice-Mayor and three City Council members. City Council members are elected to overlapping four-year terms, in even numbered years. The City Council members select the Mayor and Vice-Mayor every year. The City Council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committee and board members and hiring the City Manager and the City Attorney. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Council, for overseeing the day-to-day operations and for appointing department heads.