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Mayor and Council

The Farmington Hills City Council is made up of seven members -- all directly elected by the voters. Council members serve staggered four-year terms and the Mayor serves a two-year term. The Mayor is limited by City Charter to two two-year terms. The Mayor Pro Tem, who serves in the Mayor’s absence, is chosen by the Council members.

The Mayor and City Council members serve part-time. Under our City’s Council/Manager form of government, the City Council is responsible for policy-making, while the City Manager, who is appointed by City Council, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City. When the City Council makes a decision on an ordinance or policy, the City Manager is responsible for implementing it.

You are invited to attend meetings of the City Council, which are held twice a month on Mondays unless canceled for a holiday or other reasons. Please check the Events Calendar.


Kenneth Massey, Mayor Pro Tem
Kenneth Massey
Mayor

Ken Massey, a life-long resident of the City, was elected Mayor in 2015 and 2017, and was elected to City Council in 2003, 2007, and 2011. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2006, 2010, and 2015. Prior to being elected to City Council, he was the President of both his own homeowners’ association and the Council of Homeowner Associations (COHA). He is a member of the Michigan Municipal League, a founding member and past chair of the Emergency Preparedness Commission, and a past member and past chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. He co-founded the Suicide Prevention Committee, Farmington SAFE, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Beaumont – Farmington Hills. In 2017, he was one of the three co-founders of CARES of Farmington Hills. His term expires in 2019.




Contact Ken via email or (248) 871-2500.


Richard Lerner, Mayor Pro-Tem
Richard Lerner
Mayor Pro Tem

Richard Lerner was elected to City Council in 2011 and 2015, served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2013, and is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem for 2018. He is the Council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Committee to Increase Voter Participation, and serves on the Michigan Municipal League Finance Steering Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Xemplar Club, Farmington Ski Club, the F2H Fit Challenge, and the Quaker Valley Farms Association, where he is a past President. He is President and Chairman of the Board of the Farmington Area Goodfellows, Vice President of the Inter-Agency Council, and is a member of the Optimist Club and Sons of the American Legion, where he is the Project Manager for the Farmington Memorial Day Parade. His term expires in 2019.



Contact Richard via email or (248) 871-2500


Michael Bridges, Council Member
Michael Bridges
Council Member

Michael Bridges was elected to City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He serves on the Crime Prevention Advisory Board and is a Board member of the Farmington YMCA. He is a member of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Municipal Services Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Committee, and was on the National League of Cities (NLC) Policy Advocacy Committee - Intergovernmental Relations, Finance and Administration. He serves as the alternate delegate to SEMCOG. His term expires in 2021.
 






Contact Michael at via email or (248) 871-2500


Randy Bruce, Council Member
Randy Bruce
Council Member

Randy Bruce was elected to City Council in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2005, 2009, and 2014. He is the Council liaison to the Farmington Area Arts Commission, is a member of the 47th District Court Sobriety Court Advisory Committee, and co-founded the Suicide Prevention Committee and Intergovernmental Task Force. His term expires in 2019.







 

Contact Randy via email or (248) 871-2500.


Valerie Knol, Council Member
Valerie Knol
Council Member

Valerie Knol was elected to City Council in 2013 and 2017, and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2016. She is the Council liaison to the Historic District Commission, Historical Commission, and the Beautification Commission. She was on the Farmington City Council for eight years and served as the Mayor of Farmington from 2007-09. She has served on the Board of the Farmington YMCA and the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Board of the Oakland County Zoological Authority. Her term expires in 2021.








Contact Valerie via email or (248) 871-2500


Theresa Rich, Council Member
Theresa Rich
Council Member

Theresa Rich was elected to City Council in 2015. She is president of the Oakland Schools Board of Education, a partner in Farmington Hills-based law firm RichLaw, PLLC, and is retired from General Motors. She served 10 years on the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Children, Youth & Families, including seven years as the Allocations Chair. She served on theCommittee to Increase Voter Participation, the Commission for Children, Youth & Families, and the Arts Commission. She was on the Board of Directors for the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired, including two years as President. She was an active member of the Heritage Hills Homeowners Association and served two years as President. She is Council Liaison to the Retirement Board, and was on the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Council and the SEMCOG Policy Committee. Her term expires in 2019.
 

Contact Theresa via email or (248) 871-2500


Samantha Steckloff, Council Member
Samantha Steckloff
Council Member

Samantha Steckloff was elected to City Council in 2013 and 2017, and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2017. She is the Council liaison to the Commission on Children, Youth & Families and the Mayor’s Youth Council. She served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Committee to Increase Voter Participation. She was one of the first participants in the Farmington Hills After-School Program. Her term expires in 2021.







Contact Samantha via email or (248) 871-2500