About the City Council
The Novato City Council comprises five at-large elected officials who make policy decisions for the City of Novato. The City Council sets priorities, approves the budget, and addresses citywide issues affecting the Novato community. They are elected at large to overlapping, four-year terms. The Councilmembers annually select the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem (Vice Mayor).Additionally, the Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and City Commissions. The Mayor, also a member of the Council, signs official documents, chairs the Council meetings, and acts as the official head of the City at public and ceremonial occasions. View Council Policy Manual (Note: Appendices Sections 6.01 - 6.08 are not posted. To request, please contact the City Clerk.)
Regular City Council Meetings are held on most Tuesdays and are typically in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. Always check the Agenda to determine the correct meeting location and time. Council meetings are broadcast live on Channel 27 in Novato (Comcast) and rebroadcast at 7 PM on Wednesdays, Noon on Thursdays, and 7 PM on Saturdays during the week following a meeting. The meetings are also replayed on Fridays at 7 PM on Horizon Cable Channel 70 in Novato during the week following a meeting. Visit our Watch Meetings page to view live meetings and past meetings.
An ordinance sets Council member salaries (currently $400 per month). Council members also receive medical, dental and life insurance benefits, and may qualify for Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) benefits.
Election & Voter Information
The City of Novato commissions the Marin County Registrar of Voters to provide certain election services. For voter information, election policies and procedures, and other election information visit the Marin County Registrar of Voters' website.
Statements of Economic Interests
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 elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) at 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814 OR the Novato City Clerk' office at 922 Machin Avenue, Novato, CA 94945. 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.
Contact the City Council
You can e-mail the entire City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be forwarded and tracked for response by the City Clerk. For each Councilmember's individual contact information, see below.
Written correspondence can be mailed to:
City of Novato
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
Meet the Council
Mayor Jeanne MacLeamy
Term Information: First elected in November 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011; served as Mayor in 2006 and 2009; serves as Mayor in 2015; term expires: November 2015
Phone: (415) 883-8182
Biography: Jeanne is from Flint, Michigan. She and her husband Patrick, also an architect, have lived in Novato since 1984. They are blessed with two married children and three grandchildren. Jeanne loves photography, the outdoors, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, 1968, University of Michigan; Registered Architect - California 1976 to present.
Community Involvement/Affiliations: Community committees: Paint the Town Red (City annual birthday celebration), Spring Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade; Tree Lighting and City Hall Bricks.
Previously served six years on Novato Design Review Committee, 2010 ‘Celebrating 50 Years’ Steering Committee, and as a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International.
Professional: 40 years professional experience as an Architect; with a private architectural practice based in Marin County for the last 30 years. In 2015, Jeanne was elected to the AIA College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects in recognition of her contributions as a Citizen Architect.
Boards/Committees: MERA (Marin Emergency Radio Authority) Governing Board; League of Calif. Cities Revenue & Taxation Policy committee
Previously served on the NBWA (North Bay Watershed Association); as Chair, Board of Directors Novato Finance Authority; MCCMC Pension and O.P.E.B. Committee; Chair 901 Sherman Avenue (City Hall) Renovation Subcommittee
Mayor Pro Tem Pat Eklund
Term Information: Served as Mayor in 1996-7, 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2007-2008, and 2012-2013; term Expires: November 2017
Phone: (415) 883-9116
Biography: Raised in Terra Linda, Pat is a 39-year Novato resident who lives in Ignacio.
Education: Undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University of California;
MS, Public Administration, Golden Gate University; MS, Environmental Management,
University of San Francisco
Community Involvement/Boards and Committees: Currently, Pat serves on the Board for the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership - a joint effort between the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, and California School Boards Association where she served as President twice. Pat also serves on the Environmental Quality Policy Committee for the League of California Cities, Executive Board for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) where she represents the 11 cities throughout Marin County; she also serves on ABAG’s Regional Planning Committee and Administrative Committee.
Pat also serves on the Major Crimes Task Force for Marin representing the 10 member cities; Board Member of the Hamilton Restoration Advisory Board; Rotarian; neighborhood leader and active community volunteer for local activities such as Career Days in local schools, Native Sons of the Golden West 4th grade essay contest, and Read Across America at Olive Elementary School. Pat also serves as the alternate to the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM). Pat is also a member of the Novato Historical Guild, Sierra Club, Marin Conservation League, and an honorary member of the Indian Valley Artists.
Pat has previously served on the Novato Planning Commission, Board Member for the Novato Community Hospital and the Marin County Flood Control Board, President of the League of California Cities, Novato Representative on TAM, and Board Member of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART), Public Safety and Revenue and Taxation Policy Committees for the League of California Cities; and, President of the Cities, Counties, and Schools Partnership.
Professional: Pat recently retired after serving over 43 years with the federal government where she served 7 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 36 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an Environmental Manager overseeing environmental-protection programs including the Underground Storage Tanks, Ground Water, Ocean Dumping, Wetlands Protection (Section 404) of the Clean Water Act, San Francisco Bay, and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System programs.
Councilmember Denise Athas
Term expires: November 2017; served as Mayor in 2012
Phone: (415) 898-5041
Biography: Denise is 19-year Novato resident, is married to husband, George, and has two adult sons, Matthew and Joe. Raised in the East Bay, Denise has been a realtor for 24 years, is a broker, and for the last six years, operates her own boutique real estate company located in Downtown Novato—Athas & Associates Real Estate--with her husband.
Recognition: Certificate of Recognition—CA State Assembly (2003), Resolution/Commendation—Marin County Board of Supervisors (2003), Proclamation—City of Novato (2003), Novato Woman of the Year (2009)
Community Involvement & Boards and Committees: Novato Chamber of Commerce President (2002), Novato Chamber of Commerce President-Elect (2001), Novato Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1999-2005), Novato Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee member, Novato Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for 5 years, Novato Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, Novato Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee co-chair, Real Estate Business Development/Image/Marketing Committee member, County of Marin Congestion Management Citizen Advisory Group member, City of Novato Birthday Party Chair, Co-Host of “Grant Avenue…the Future” cable TV show, Novato Community Strategic Plan Oversight Committee member, City of Novato Public Art Selection Committee member, Downtown Novato Business Association Vice President (2006, 2007), Downtown Novato Business Association President (2008, 2009), Novato City Council (2009-present), Novato Mayor (2012), Novato Community Strategic Planning Commission, Novato Leadership Program—2000 graduate, Novato Business Improvement District Marketing Committee, Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth (2009)
Committees currently serving on as a Councilmember/representing the City of Novato: Executive Committee member of the North Bay League of California Cities, Community CDBG Committee member (last 4 years), MEA Board member (last 2 years), MEA Executive Board member, MEA Ad Hoc Contracts Committee member, served on the Analysis of Impediment Ad Hoc Committee for the County of Marin
Professional: Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1989, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified e-Pro 500 Internet Professional, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Residential Construction Certified, Accredited Home Staging Specialist, Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource, National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, Marin Association of Realtors, Residential Sales Council, Northern California CRS Chapter.
Councilmember Madeline Kellner
Term information: First elected November 2007; re-elected November 2011; served as Mayor in 2011; term expires: Nov 2015
Phone: (415) 897-9440
Biography: Madeline is a 20-year Novato resident, married to husband, Clint, for 37 years, has two adult children, Laurel and Mark. Born and raised in Berkeley, CA, Madeline is an avid swimmer, hiker, traveler and nature enthusiast.
Education: BA, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; MS, Public Health Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MBA, California State University, Sacramento
Community Involvement: Currently-- Board Member, Marin County Workforce Investment Board and Secretary, California Association of Public Authorities for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Member, Blue Star Moms of Marin, Member, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 179, San Anselmo.
Previously-- Board Member, 10,000 Degrees, Board Member, Homeward Bound of Marin, and President, Society for Professionals in Healthcare.
Professional: Madeline is currently the Executive Director for In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority of Marin. Previously, she was the Principal of Kellner and Associates, the Director of Health Services for the County of Marin, and the Hospital Administrator for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Rosa.
Boards and Committees: Currently serves as Board Member, Marin Transit District; Member, Legislative Committee, Marin County Council Members and Mayors; President, North Bay Division of the League of California Cities; Member, Employee Relations Committee, League of California Cities.
Previously served as President, Marin County Council Members and Mayors; Board Member, Transportation Authority of Marin; Board Member, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit; Member, Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, League of California Cities.
Prior to City Council service, served as Member and Chair, City of Novato Planning Commission; Member and Chair, City of Novato Budget Committee; Member and Vice Chair, Novato Community Strategic Plan Committee; Member, Novato Multicultural Commission.
Councilmember Eric Lucan
Term information: First term on Council; elected November 2011; served as Mayor in 2014; term expires: November 2015
Phone: (415) 272-3265
Biography: Eric is a life-long resident of Novato and served as Mayor in 2014. Eric and wife Kiley are proud to call Novato home.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Ministerial Studies, Christian Life International; MBA, Georgia State University
Community Involvement/Affiliations: Former Commissioner, City of Novato Recreation, Cultural, and Community Services; Former Board Member, Novato Financing Authority; Former Board Member, Marin School of the Arts; 2012 ‘Top 40 Under 40’ - North Bay Business Journal; 2007 Leadership Novato Graduate and Ed Stark Award winner
Professional: Eric is the Chief Marketing Officer for Mike's Bikes headquartered in Novato, where he is focused on "getting more people on bikes." Eric manages a talented team and oversees branding, community engagement, e-commerce, and visual merchandizing. Prior to that role, Eric spent 4 years in marketing at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. He has also worked as a youth director for both middle and high school students, served as a small-business consultant, and as a marketing manager for a quick-service restaurant franchise with more than $1 billion in sales.
Boards/Committees: North Bay Watershed Association, Novato Watershed Program
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