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Town Commission/Town Manager

The Town of Highland Beach is governed by a Commission-Manager form of government. This means that the elected officials appoint a Town Manager, who is responsible for the administration of all the affairs of the Town. The Town Commission directs policy and the Town Manager implements it. The Town Commission consists of five members: a Mayor, a Vice Mayor, and three Commissioners, who are elected in alternate years for two-year terms. [ back to the top ]

Office of the Town Clerk

The Office of the Town Clerk has the responsibility for the safekeeping of all municipal records. Municipal elections, all State Election laws, and directives concerning maintenance of voting records are administered by the Town Clerk. This department is also charged with the preparation and retention of the Meeting Minutes of the Town Commission and all Town Boards.

The Department of the Town Clerk is staffed by two full time and one part time employees. Residents may direct their municipal questions and concerns to the Town Clerk’s office.[ Back to the top ]

Finance Department

The Town’s Finance Department has overall responsibility for administration and management of the Town budget, investments, debts and assets. They work in conjunction with the Town Commission, Town Manager and other department heads in the preparation and adoption of the annual budget, and expenditure of public funds based on that budget. At the close of the year, the Finance Department works with the Town’s auditors to prepare the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

The Finance Department also coordinates accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing activities for all departments, including the billing of residents for utilities services. Additionally, they administer risk management and insurance programs, including employee benefits, retirement packages and payroll.

The Finance Department is staffed by two full time and one part time employees. Questions or concerns related to any of the Finance Department’s duties and responsibilities should be directed to the Finance Director.[ Back to the top ]

Building Department

The Building Department has the responsibility of ensuring that all new buildings and renovations meet applicable building codes as well as local ordinances. Plans are checked by experts in different fields before any building permit is issued. Construction sites are inspected regularly during the building process, and a thorough inspection is made before a Certificate of Occupancy is granted.

The Building Department is staffed by three full time and one part time employees. Questions about the Building or Maintenance Departments may be directed to the Building Official, or you may contact us via e-mail[ Back to the top ]

Other Municipal Services

  • U.S. Postal Station: Operated by one full time and two part time staff.
  • Fire/Rescue Services: Operated by personnel from the City of Delray Beach Fire Department
  • Solid Waste Services: Waste Management, Inc.
  • Legal Services: Hodgson, Russ LLP
  • Auditing Services: Nowlen, Holt and Miner, P.A.
  • Engineering Services: CH2MHILL


Highland Beach Library

The Highland Beach library houses over 18,000 volumes, in addition to 2,000 movie videos, 200 DVDs, 800 audio books, a nice collection of magazines and newspapers, and a Children's Collection with over 2,500 books and videos.

The Highland Beach Library is staffed by 2 full-time and 4 part-time employees, as well as 15 volunteers.  The Library is open from:

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Among the computer services the Library offers its patrons are internet access and Microsoft Word.  We hold a book sale twice a year - once in March and once in November.  Other activities include a children's reading program for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas; a monthly newsletter; access to the Library catalog through the Town's website, and a speakers program this year featuring ten Florida (New York Times) best seller authors.

Questions pertaining to the Library and its activities should be directed to the Library Director.[ Back to the top ]


Highland Beach Police Department

The Highland Beach Police Department is staffed by twelve full time law enforcement personnel and one administrative assistant, and operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with at least 3 men per shift.

The Police Department operates under a Community Policing concept, and it’s primary function is to serve and protect the residents of the Town of Highland Beach, their guests, and their families. Most of the calls responded to are medical and alarm related, as the Town has an extremely low crime rate.

The Police Department is also responsible for enforcing all state, county and local laws and ordinances. All staff members are required to follow state guidelines for re-training and re-certification. In addition, the Town supports its officers who seek to further their own individual criminal justice backgrounds through education.

In addition to is vehicular patrol, the Highland Beach Police Department also utilizes bicycles to patrol the Town.  Not only does this allow our officers to patrol in areas that are difficult to access with a car, but also gives them an opportunity to get "up close" to residents who are out and about, in keeping with the department's Community-Oriented policing.

The Highland Beach Police can be reached Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 561-266-5800, and at all other times at 561-276-2458. Questions or concerns regarding the Highland Beach Police Department should be directed to the Chief of Police.

Public Works Department

The Town of Highland Beach owns and operates its own Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment facility, which was completed and went on-line in October 2004. The Town’s raw water supply comes from a 1,000 foot deep well, drawing water from the Floridan aquifer. Treated water is stored in a 300,000 gallon above ground storage tank and a 500,000 gallon elevated storage tank before eventually being released into the Town’s water distribution system. Approximately 1.3 million gallons of water are treated by the Town’s Water Plant each day.

The sewer system is also owned and maintained by the Town, which includes over 8 miles of sewer lines and five sewer pumping stations. Wastewater is pumped to Delray Beach, where is it transported further to the South Palm Beach County Wastewater Regional Treatment Plant where it receives tertiary treatment and is pumped into the ocean through Delray Beach outfall, terminating at an eighty foot depth approximately one mile offshore.

The Town of Highland Beach currently services approximately 560 utility customers. Water meters are read every other month and residents are billed for two months of service at a time. Billing for Utility Services is handled by the Town’s Finance Department.

The Water Treatment Plant is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by seven full time employees. Questions about the Town’s Water Treatment facility or Public Works Department may be directed to the Public Works Director.[ Back to the top ]

 

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