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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 ManagerCity 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 novatocouncil@novato.orgYour 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:

Councilmember Name
City of Novato
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945

Meet the City Council

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Mayor Denise Athas

Term Information:  Currently serves as Mayor; served as Mayor in 2012; Term expires November 2017
Phone: (415) 898-5041

Biography: Denise is 23-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 28 years, is a broker, and for the last nine 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 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: President of the North Bay League of California Cities (2016-2017), Community CDBG Committee member (last 7 years), MCE Board member (last 7 years), MCE Executive Board member, President of MCCMC (Marin Mayors and Council Members Committee) (2016), served on the Analysis of Impediment Ad Hoc Committee for the County of Marin, currently serving on County Fair Housing Steering Committee.

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.

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Mayor Pro Tem Josh Fryday

Term information: First term on Council; elected November 2015; term expires: November 2019
Phone: (415) 890-3085

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Councilmember Pam Drew

Term information: First term on Council; elected November 2015; term expires: November 2019
Phone: (510) 841-9725

Mayor Pro Tem Pat Eklund

Councilmember Pat Eklund

Term Information: Served as Mayor in 1996-7, 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013 and 2015-2016; 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 Eric Lucan

Term information: elected November 2011 and re-elected November 2015; served as Mayor in 2014; Term expires November 2019
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

Other Council-related Information

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