My Martinez

Mayor and City Council

Martinez is governed by a five-member City Council that serve four-year terms on an overlapping basis.  The Mayor is elected at large, while the four remaining members of the City Council are elected by district.  For more information on the city's adoption of district-based elections, please click here.

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.


Vision Statement
Martinez is an inclusive, family oriented, safe community, with small town waterfront character, diverse neighborhoods, complemented by plentiful parks and open spaces. Martinez has a historic downtown, with a legacy of culture and the arts, fostering a vibrant and sustainable economy, striving for well maintained infrastructure, and a responsive high performing government.

Mission Statement
The City of Martinez will provide efficient and sustainable, responsive, high performing public services, and well maintained public facilities, that enhance the safety and livability of the community, and support fiscal stability and a healthy local economy through business development.

City Council's FY 17-19 Strategic Plan
June 2018 Update to FY 2017-19 Action Items

City Council Policies and Procedures

Interactive Map - Click here to view the interactive Council Districts map where you can enter your address to find which Council district you reside in.  For a printable copy, please download the pdf here.

Click here to email all council members

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 1½ 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 was 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
(925) 372-3501

Councilmember – Mark Ross – District 2

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

Councilmember – Lara DeLaney – District 1

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 such as the Chamber, Kiwanis, and 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
(925) 372-3542

Councilmember – Noralea Gipner – District 3

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. She is currently a member of the Martinez Kiwanis Club, Martinez Sportsman Club, and the Martinez Yacht Club continuing 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

Councilmember – Debbie McKillop – District 4

As a 4th generation Martinez resident, working professional and a mother of twins, Debbie is proud to call Martinez her home. She also works in the City of Martinez, bringing nearly 30 years of forensic science experience to her position as the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Forensic Crime Lab Manager. Her daughters attend Martinez schools and are active in the local 4-H Club. Debbie's academic achievements include a Master's of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from University of California 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