East St. Louis is a city located in St. Clair County, Illinois, directly across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. The city covers approximately 23 square miles. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 27,006. One of the highlights of the city's waterfront is the Gateway Geyser, the tallest fountain in the United States, which spews water to a height of 630 feet and is designed to mirror the Gateway Arch across the river in St. Louis.
The City of East St. Louis has approximately 190 employees (23 are part time) and a fleet of approximately 103 vehicles. The City’s current Operating budget is approximately 45 million dollars. East St. Louis operates under a City Council-Manager form of government. The City Council consists of 4 Council Members and the Mayor. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as City Administrator, and directs all City operations. The City has nine central departments (Fire, Police, Personnel, Regulatory Affairs, Emergency Services, Finance, Public Works, Building Maintenance, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF), an Administrative Department headed by the City Manager, and four elected departments (City Council, Mayor, City Clerk and City Treasurer).
The City of East St. Louis has 6 separate offices. The East St. Louis Municipal Building is located at 301 River Park Drive, East St. Louis, IL 62201. The Mayor, Emeka Jackson-Hicks and City Manager, Alvin L. Parks Jr., are headquartered in the facility and the City holds its regular and special council meetings at that location. East St. Louis’ Public Works Building is located at 613 N. 20th St., East St. Louis, IL 62201. The 4 four fire houses are located at the following locations: http://www.cesl.us/admin/subcat_bigimage/firehouses.jpg