With over 1.5 million people, Sacramento County is the 8th largest county in California. The 7 cities in the County---Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento---account for 61% of the population. Everyone else lives in unincorporated areas such as Arden Arcade. http://www.saccounty.net/Government/Pages/DemographicsandFacts.aspx
The County has seven elected officials, all of whom serve 4-year terms: 5 supervisors, the Sheriff, the Deputy Attorney and the Assessor. http://www.saccounty.net/Government/Pages/ElectedOfficials.aspx The Supervisors are elected by district, whereas the other elected officials stand for election before all voters in the county. Though not part of the governmental structure of Sacramento County, county judges of the Superior Court https://www.saccourt.ca.gov are also elected. The judges serve 6-year terms.
Each of the Supervisors represents around 311,000 people. All have unincorporated areas within their districts. Supervisors from Districts 1, 2 and 3 have portions of the City of Sacramento within their jurisdiction. Arden Arcade is included within Supervisorial District 3 along with other unincorporated communities - Carmichael; Fair Oaks; portions of Foothill Farms, North Highlands and Antelope; and a bit of the Rosemont community between the American River and Folsom Blvd.
The County administration is led by a CEO and is organized in three parts:
- Areawide services - provide throughout the County
- Municipal Services - provided to the unincorporated area
- Administrative Services - covering all employees.