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Mayor and City Council

Martinez is governed by a five-member City Council. The Mayor and members of the City Council are elected at large for a four-year term on an overlapping basis.

It is the responsibility of the Council to "ensure the welfare of the people of Martinez." To that end, they are empowered to pass ordinances and resolutions, approve the spending of money, and set general policy for the City.

The opinions of Martinez citizens are an important factor in helping the Council decide a course of action. Citizens are encouraged to contact members of the Council and attend Council and Commission meetings.

City Council Policies and Procedures

Public Officials Appointment 12/2016

Grand Jury Report - Where Will We Live 11/16/2016

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Mayor – Rob Schroder



Mayor Schroder graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. from the Haas School of Business.  After graduation he moved to Chicago and worked for the Home Insurance Company in the Commercial Casualty Underwriting Training Program.  After 1 ½ years he moved back to Walnut Creek and went to work in the family insurance agency founded by his grandfather in 1933.  Mayor Schroder became a Councilmember in 1996 and elected Mayor in 2002.

Standing Subcommittees

·         Budget/Finance

·         City/County/Courts

·         Housing/Economic Development

·         School Liaison

·         Waterfront & Marina

Elected November 2002 - Present Term Expires November 2018
Councilmember Nov. 1996 - Oct. 2002


Councilmember  – Mark Ross




Mark Ross has served on the Martinez City Council since 1996. He has also served as a Director on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) since 2001.  His business is the Ross Company Realtors.  Ross Company Realtors manages real estate investments and conducts real property management. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley in English Literature."

Standing Subcommittees

·         Budget/Finance

·         Franchise/Public Infrastructure

Elected November 1996 - Present Term Expires November 2020
925-372-3544 mross@cityofmartinez.org


 Councilmember  – Lara DeLaney




Lara DeLaney was born in Southern California and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  She attended U.C. Santa Cruz, studying Literature, graduated with Honors and earned an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. 

Lara began her career as a Senior Regional Planner with the San Joaquin Council of Governments. In 1998, she was hired by Contra Costa County, as a Senior Management Analyst.  She presently serves as Senior Deputy County Administrator.

Lara is engaged in civic activities: Chamber, Kiwanis & Main Street.  Lara has achieved a credential as tennis professional and umpired at the 1997 U.S. Open. 

Standing Subcommittees 

        ·         Franchise/Public Infrastructure

        ·         School Liaison

Elected November 2002 - Present Term Expires November 2018


Councilmember – Noralea Gipner

Noralea Gipner is a 3rd generation Martinez resident, Alhambra Graduate, and mother to four sons. She received her AA Degree from Diablo Valley College in 1976. For 30 years, she operated three businesses in the City two of which are hair salons, “Yankee Clipper” and “Noralea Studio,” and the other a concession shop called “Main Street Sweets.”

Noralea is a lifetime community volunteer and advocate, and on account of her hard work and dedication in 2008, she was named Woman of the Year.  Currently, she is a member of the Martinez Kiwanis Club, Martinez Sportsman Club, and Martinez Yacht Club and continues to volunteer for organizations such as Main Street Martinez and Contra Costa Foster Children Program.

Elected November 2016 - Present Term Expires November 2020
925-372-3543  ngipner@cityofmartinez.org

Councilmember – Debbie McKillop




As a 4th generation Martinez resident, working professional and mother of twins, I am proud to call Martinez my home.  I also work in Martinez, bringing nearly 30 years of forensic science experience to my position as the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Forensic Crime Lab Manager.  My daughters attend Martinez schools and we are active in our local 4-H Club.

My academic achievements include: A Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco; Bachelor Degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from University of California (U.C.) Santa Barbara; and a Certificate in Forensic Science laboratory Management from U.C. Davis.

Standing Subcommittees

·         City/County/Courts

·         Public Safety

Elected November 2014 - Present Term Expires November 2018
925-372-3541  dmckillop@cityofmartinez.org

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