The City of Oshkosh provides services to the City of Oshkosh twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year and operates under a Council / City Manager form of government. The seven member City Council, including the Mayor, are all elected at large. The council is the legislative and policy making body of the City. The Council selects the City Manager who is the Chief Executive Officer of the City. The City Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the municipality.
Under the direction of the City Manager, the City is presently comprised of 620 full and part time employees, of which 13 are officials or administrators, 43 are supervisors / managers, 196 are involved in protective services, 64 are professionals, 52 are paraprofessionals, 154 are public works employees and 98 are office or clerical workers.
The City of Oshkosh, (population 66,083 as of the 2010 census), is an award-winning community in the heart of the Fox River Valley, about 90 miles north of Milwaukee and 50 miles south of Green Bay. Oshkosh is a progressive and participative community that offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests.
The City encompasses 24 square miles. It is the largest municipality in Winnebago County, which has a population of over 159,972 within its borders.
There are 29 community parks and natural resource areas, several golf courses, four museums/galleries, a library, movie theater and numerous marinas and boat landings.
Attractions include the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), which hosts AirVenture every year. For one week each summer, EAA members and aviation enthusiasts totaling more than 500,000 from more than 60 countries attend EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where they rekindle friendships and celebrate the past, present and future in the world of flight.
Other popular attractions include the Grand Opera House, Leach Amphitheater, Menominee Park and Zoo, Military Veterans Museum, Morgan House, Opera House Square, Oshkosh Public Museum, Paine Art Center and Gardens, Pollack Community Water Park, and the Oshkosh Public Library.
Oshkosh is a state leader in regard to hosting annual events. In fact, Oshkosh is known as Wisconsin's Event City. Some of the many events include several Professional Fishing Tournaments, Brews & Blues, Celebration of Lights, Country USA Concert, Faire on the Green, EAA Air Venture Oshkosh, Miss Wisconsin Pageant, Irishfest, U.S. Open Volleyball Tournament, Otter Street Fisheree, Sawdust Days, Inland lake Yachting Association Regatta, Lifest Christian Music Festival and Waterfest Summer Concert Series.