The City of San Marcos was incorporated on January 28, 1963 and was chartered on July 4, 1994. The City operates under a Council/Manager form of government. The five-member City Council acts as the City’s chief policy-making body. The Mayor and Council Members are elected at-large by the citizens of San Marcos to serve a four-year term and are allowed to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.
The City Council also oversees a variety of commissions that deal with specific City-related issues. These advisory commission members are appointed by the City Council.