City Council

The Cotati City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at 201 West Sierra Avenue, Cotati. The last Wednesday meeting will be September 25th. 2013.

The City Council is the legislative and policy-making body of the City. The City Council formulates city policies in the form of motions, resolutions and ordinances which reflect the needs, wishes and priorities of the citizens of Cotati; promotes the economic, cultural, and governmental well-being of the City; and provides for the orderly operations and development of the City. The City Council also serves as the Successor Agency to the former Cotati Community Redevelopment Agency.

The goal of the City Council is to:

  • Function as the legislative body of the City. Set policy on issues that are responsive to the needs and wishes of the citizens.
  • Focus on the community's goals, major projects, and long term considerations.

City Councilmembers

MAYOR
JOHN DELL'OSSO

Mayor John Dell'Osso was first elected to the Council in November 1994 and served as Mayor in 1996. In May 2011, he was appointed to fill a vacancy and was subsequently elected to a full four-year term in November of 2012.

Mayor Dell'Osso has lived in Cotati since 1986 and is a strong advocate of community service and involvement. He received four years of A grades from the Sonoma County Conservation Action for environmental voting and listening to the public. Prior to his appointment to Council he served on the City's Environmental Advisory Commission, (1990 - 1994, serving as Chair twice); Cotati Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, (1999); Member, Rohnert Park – Cotati Library Foundation, (1998 – 2007); Rancho Cotati Little League, Board Member, (2001 – 2006) including President; Santa Rosa JC Agriculture/Natural Resources Advisory Committee, Board Member, (2001 – present); Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Board Member, (2003 – 2007); Rancho Cotate High School Project Graduation, Board Member (President), (2005 – present); Sonoma County Library Commission, Commissioner, (2007 – present); Deputy Director, Region 9, National Association for Interpretation, (2008 – 2010). Additionally, the Cotati Chamber of Commerce named Council Member Dell'Osso co-Citizen of the Year in 2001.

Mayor Dell'Osso has a career of over 27 years with the National Park Service. He has worked at Point Reyes National Seashore since graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from UC Davis. He currently serves as the Chief of Interpretation and Resource Education and as the Public Information Officer for the park. He has also served as the Acting Superintendent at four National Park units. He has written and produced publications for the U.S. Congress on topics such as wilderness and resource protection. He is a recent graduate of the National Park Service Leadership Academy. As a member of a team, he received the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Partners in Conservation Award in 2009.

Mayor Dell'Osso's prime areas of focus include a strong economy, environmental stewardship, community services and a safe community where people know their neighbors. He is an advocate for parks and open spaces for recreation and solitude, sustainable building practices, and recreational programs for youth.

You can email Mayor Dell'Osso jdellosso@cotaticity.org

VICE MAYOR
WENDY SKILLMAN

Vice Mayor Wendy Skillman was elected to the City Council for a four-year term in November 2012.

She moved to Cotati in 2008 and was appointed the Community and Environment Commission (CEC) shortly thereafter. She served on the CEC for three and a half years, including terms as Secretary and Vice Chair. She was appointed to the Planning Commission in early 2012, where she served until her election to the City Council.

Vice Mayor Skillman has spent over a decade working as prosecutor. Her first job out of law school was at the California District Attorneys Association as a part of their Environmental Prosecutor Project. Her subsequent work has ranged from environmental to criminal prosecutions. Her objective as a Vice Mayor is to utilize her knowledge and experience in finding common ground, and resolving issues in a way that serves all interests.

You can email Vice Mayor Skillman at wskillman@cotaticity.org

COUNCILMEMBER
SUSAN HARVEY

Councilmember Susan Harvey was elected to the City Council in November 2009 and re-elected in 2012. She was appointed as Vice Mayor in 2011 and served as Mayor in 2012. She served on the Planning Commission from November 2008 to November 2009.

Councilmember Harvey currently serves as Cotati's representative on the City Selection Committee, the Sonoma County Landfill Task Force, Subregional Wastewater Policy Advisory Committee, Health Action, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and on the Board of Directors of the Northbay Division of the League of California Cities. She serves as an alternative representative for the Russian River Watershed Association, Solar Sonoma County and Water Advisory Committee. Councilmember Harvey also serves as a liaison to the Chamber of Commerce and the Library Advisory Board.

A long-time volunteer, Councilmember Harvey has worked on behalf of community activities such as the Cotati Accordion Festival, the Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest and Cotati Historical Society.

Councilmember Harvey and her husband have lived in Cotati for 32 years, where they have raised their three children. Having lived 32 years in Cotati, Councilmember Harvey brings a deep knowledge and familiarity of the uniqueness of our community.

Councilmember Harvey brings over 30 years of management experience from a major local employer. Difficult budgets, painful decisions and working through differences of opinion are all common occurrences when working in such an environment. Councilmember Harvey brings skills in team work and consensus building for the betterment of the community and its long term sustainability.

Councilmember Harvey is devoting her energy to preserving community police, maintaining essential city services, recreational opportunities for our youth and seniors, fiscal responsibility, working to increase volunteerism, supporting policies that enhance existing business and attract new business.

Email: sharvey@cotaticity.org
Phone: 707-795-0637

COUNCILMEMBER
MARK LANDMAN

Councilmember Mark Landman was appointed to City Council in November 2009 and elected to a full four-year term in 2010.

Mark Landman has lived in Cotati since 1987. In 2004 he retired from the Novato Fire District where he served the community as a firefighter, as one of the first paramedics in Marin County, and finally as a fire captain. Councilmember Landman's goal is to draw upon these experiences to help ensure Cotati has responsible financial planning and budgeting and continues to provide an appropriate level of service to its citizens.

His long term objectives for Cotati include: growing a stronger and more diversified tax base while protecting our distinct small town character, preserving and enhancing our environment by advocating sustainable water and land use policies, and most importantly protecting and guiding our community as it moves into the future.

Councilmember Landman has made his focus the development of stronger representation for Cotati throughout the county. Towards this end, he served on the Water Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013, where he worked to help keep water costs from rising and to bring beneficial groundwater recharge projects to Cotati's Laguna De Santa Rosa headwaters. Mark previously has also served as Chamber of Commerce Liaison, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) representative, ABAG Regional Planning Committee member, and as a founding board member of the Cotati Arts Project.

Councilmember Landman currently serves as a Director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA), and a Director of the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (SCRCPA) as well. In 2011, Councilmember Landman was elected by members of the Sonoma County Mayor's and Counilmembers Association to a four year term as a commissioner on the Sonoma Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO). Also serving as Cotati's representative to the Russian River Watershed Association since 2009, Councilmember Landman was selected as the RRWA's vice-chair in 2012. Councilmember Landman also acts as our representative to the Sonoma County Legislative Committee and as a long-standing liaison to the Design Review Committee.

Councilmember Landman can be regularly found volunteering for many community activities, including the Cotati Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest, Four Nights of Festive Fun, the annual Pasta Dinner & Bingo event, and the Cotati Historical Society BBQ.

You can email Councilmember Landman at mlandman@cotaticity.org

COUNCILMEMBER
JOHN C. MOORE

Councilmember Moore was appointed to the City Council in March, 2013 to fulfil the remainder of a term ending in December 2014.

Councilmember Moore's 30-plus year history of community service includes membership on the City of Cotati Rent Appeals Board and assisting what is now known as the Community and Environment Commission. As a small business owner he has been active in the Cotati Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as its Treasurer. In addition, Councilmember Moore is a delegate to the North Bay Labor Council, as a representative of SEIU Local1000 and serves on the Bargaining Unit Negotiating Committee for SEIU Local1000.

You can email Councilmember Moore at jmoore@cotaticity.org

The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the Deputy City Clerk. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the Deputy City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the Deputy City Clerk is: Cotati City Hall, City Manager's Office, 201 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati, Ca 94931. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/.