Citizens of Fremont elect the city council, which includes the mayor and four council members. The council adopts the city budget, and makes all major policy decisions. The city council appoints a city manager who hires all city staff and manages the day-to-day business.
The city of Fremont is responsible for services such as public safety, land use regulation, infrastructure maintenance, parks and recreation, local social services and garbage collection and recycling. The city of Fremont provides all of these services directly, except garbage collection and recycling; the city contracts out to a private contractor for those services.
The Fremont Fire Department provides fire protection, prevention, rescue and emergency medical services. The Fremont Police Department is responsible for the safeguarding of citizen lives and property, the preservation of constitutional rights and neighborhood problem solving. The department provides a Neighborhood Crime Watch program and operates a volunteer program.