Most city employees have been headquartered on Rowland Way since 2005, when an assortment of downtown bungalows that…More previously served as city offices were red-tagged by the fire marshal. The city pays nearly $800,000 to lease offices on Rowland, but it is looking for a permanent home. One option being contemplated is to purchase the current leased building, but some advocates would rather have civic officials based about a mile away in the downtown district near Grant Avenue.
The Rowland building, owned by the Barker Pacific Group, is home to the city manager, the city clerk, other top administrators, building and planning managers, redevelopment agency managers, engineers, finance officials, technical specialists and the parks, recreation and community services staff. In all, about 70 employees are based there; others are based at corporation yards.
As of August 2010, the city offices are closed every Friday as part of a cost-cutting effort.
Recruiters from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps share an office at the Nave Center shopping area at Center…More Road and South Novato Boulevard. Recruiting has picked up in Marin County as young people seek ways to attend expensive colleges and serve their country with pride, one recruiter at the office said.
It's best to make an appointment by phone with any branch of the services; many times the recruiters are working out of offices in nearby cities or are out in the field. The office hours in Novato can be irregular and often the front door is locked. However, business cards are available outside the office and potential recruits can make an appointment to meet a recruiter at that office.