Governmental Resources in Galveston County
When Galveston comes up in discussion it almost always is in connection to the beach and recreation. For that reason, let’s spend some time talking about the parks and recreation department of Galveston County. Adult programs are offered year-round on the Island and across Galveston County. After School programs are based out of McGuire-Dent Recreation Center.
The Municipal Services Department of Galveston County is the largest department within the county structure. Water distribution, Sewer Collection, Water Supply, Streets, Traffic and Drainage are all under the umbrella of the Municipal Services Department. Sanitation services like trash services and recycling are also a part of this department and are a crucial part of living on the Island.
Utility billing is best completed online. Using a credit card or debit card does not require an additional payment of any kind. Setting up service, disconnecting service and beginning new service for commercial applications can be performed from the Galveston County website. You can even report concerns about water usage, quality, and other issues by filling out an online survey on their website.
The Galveston Island Police Department seeks to act as a liaison between the city government and its residents. The police department can provide you with tips on how to stay safe as well as information about crime in your area and how to collaborate with police to decrease crime by being vigilant and reporting suspicious behavior.
There are three key roles within city government in Galveston. The mayor serves a two-year term and establishes policy alongside the City Council. Council positions are available in two-year terms and serve specific areas of Galveston. The mayor is elected in an at large basis. The city manager of Galveston is responsible for administering all city functions, employment of personnel, development, presentation and administration of the city budget and the City Council’s policies.