City Council

*New Council Member Appointment*
Richard Dowd was appointed by City Council to fill the vacant Council seat on January 7th and will take the oath of office on January 14th to begin duties. The Council seat was vacated by former Council Member Julie Combs on November 25, 2019. For additional, information, visit the Council Member Vacancy page.


  • 4 p.m.
  • Almost every Tuesday
  • City Hall
    100 Santa Rosa Avenue
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Note: There is USUALLY no City Council meeting on a Tuesday that follows a legal holiday.

Printable Meeting Calendar

Open Session

The open session of the regular meeting is held in the Council Chamber at City Hall and generally begins at 4 p.m. Public study sessions are held in the Council Chamber prior to the 4 p.m. open session. The public is invited to attend and participate in all open sessions of City Council meetings. The open sessions of regular Council meetings are televised live on Comcast Channel 28 and AT&T Channel 99. Meetings are rebroadcast on Wednesdays beginning at 6:30 p.m., and on Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m.

Closed Sessions

Closed sessions are held in Room 10, City Hall prior to the open session. Members of the public may comment on any closed session item prior to the closed session.

Agendas & Minutes

Current agenda information is available by calling the City Manager's Office at 707-543-3010 - TDD is 707-543-3031. Copies of the agendas, staff reports and supporting materials are also available online. To subscribe to Council agenda notifications, email the City Clerk's office

Live Stream

InSite is the primary live video stream to view City Council and Council Committee meeting bodies with closed captioning.  Or in the event the primary stream with closed captioning is not functioning properly, you may view the alternate live video streams from YouTube or Facebook.


Starting November 6, 2018, Santa Rosa's City Council included even-numbered Council District seats 2, 4, and 6. Current at-large council members will remain seated until December 2020, when the remaining four odd-numbered Council District seats will be up for election.  Under Santa Rosa's new district-based election system, voters may only elect one council member for the Council district they are registered in. To locate your district area, please visit the Find My District page.

To email the full Council, click here.  Please note that all emails sent to the City Council are considered to be public records.
  • Tom Schwedhelm, Mayor
     Council District 6
    Term Expires: December 2022
  • Victoria Fleming, Vice Mayor
    Council District 4
    Term Expires: December 2022
  • John Sawyer, Council Member
    Council District 2
    Term Expires: December 2022
  • Chris Rogers, Council Member
    Term Expires: December 2020
  • Ernesto Olivares, Council Member
    Term Expires: December 2020
  • Jack Tibbetts, Council Member
    Term Expires: December 2020
  • Richard Dowd, Council Member*
    Term Expires: December 2020
    *Will take oath of office to begin duties on January 14, 2020, see note at top of web page

The City Council is supported by staff headed by:

  • Sean McGlynn, City Manager
  • David Guhin, Assistant City Manager/Community Development and Engagement
  • Jason Nutt, Assistant City Manager/Operations and Transportation
  • Alan Alton, Interim Chief Financial Officer
  • Sue Gallagher, City Attorney
  • Stephanie Williams, City Clerk
The City employs over 1,000 people organized into 13 Departments.

Government Code Section 87200

The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's Office. 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 City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 10, Santa Rosa, California 95404. 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.

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