Tustin has a Council-Manager form of government which consists of an elected City Council responsible for policy making, and a professional City Manager, appointed by the Council. The City Council is a five-member governmental body that includes the Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and three Council Members.
Its duties as a General Law city include approval of the Budget and oversight of the financial affairs of the City. The City Council has the power to:
Act on program and administrative recommendations of City staff
Adopt ordinances and resolutions
Appropriate funds and approve contracts
Establish policy and approve programs
Make appointments to advisory boards and commissions
Respond to concerns and needs of residents
They also appoint the City Attorney as well as serve as the Board Members of the Successor Agency (former Redevelopment Agency). Individually, Council Members may represent the City by serving on state and regional boards and local civic organizations.