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Mayor and Council

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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.

Valerie Knol, Council Member
Valerie Knol
Mayor Pro Tem

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

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 currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem and also served in that position in 2011. He is currently a member of the Farmington Optimist Club, serves as Council Liaison to the Farmington Area Commission on Aging, and is a Delegate to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). He previously served on the Crime Prevention Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, was a Board member of the Farmington YMCA, was 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. His term expires in 2021.

Contact Michael at 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