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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.


Vicki Barnett, Mayor
Vicki Barnett
Mayor

Vicki Barnett was first elected to City Council in 1995, served as Mayor Pro Tem in 1998, and was elected Mayor in 2003, 2005, and again in 2019. Vicki was State Representative from 2009 to 2014. Her past accomplishments include purchasing the Costick Center; creating model after-school programs; expanding our park system to include a nature preserve, world-class soccer fields, an 18-hole golf course, splash pad and cultural arts programs; forming the Citizen Corps Council for Emergency Preparedness to teach residents how to care for themselves during crises; receiving a Homeland Security grant to install a low power emergency radio station; hosting innovative environmental workshops; championing environmentally sustainable natural landscaping and our Gold LEED Certified City Hall; requiring new developments be compatible with surrounding neighborhoods; preventing oil and gas drilling in residential neighborhoods; and assisting County officials in building a countywide public safety communications network.

A resident of Farmington Hills since 1981, Vicki and her husband Mark Steckloff have two grown children. She received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from U of M (Dearborn), was President of the Michigan Municipal League, Board Member of the National League of Cities, Vice Chair of the National Task Force on Interoperability (for Homeland Security), and is involved in many community organizations.

Contact Mayor Vicki Barnett via email


Jackie Boleware, Council Member
Jackie Boleware
Mayor Pro Tem

Jackie Boleware was elected to City Council in 2019. She is currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem. She is the Council liaison to the Arts Commission and the Committee to Increase Voter Participation, the co-founder of Farmington Area Concerned Citizens, and a member of the Michigan Municipal League and the Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration.

She is a retiree from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and received a B.A. and master’s degree from Wayne State University.

Her term expires in 2023.

Contact Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Boleware via email



 


Michael Bridges, Council Member
Michael Bridges
Council Member

Michael Bridges was elected to City Council in 2008 in a special election and re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011 and 2019.

He has served in leadership roles with several community and civic organizations; Heritage Hills Homeowners Association, Farmington YMCA, Farmington Public Schools PTA Council, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Michigan Municipal League, and the National League of Cities. He currently serves as the Council liaison to the Farmington Area Commission on Aging.

Michael is married to Deborah and they have two sons, Michael and Chauncey.


Contact Council Member Michael Bridges via email


 


Valerie Knol, Council Member
Valerie Knol
Council Member

Valerie Knol was elected to City Council in 2013 and 2017. She served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2016 and 2020. She is the Council liaison to the Historic District Commission, Historical Commission, and the Beautification Commission. Additionally, she served on the City Council of the City of Farmington for eight years and served as Mayor of the City of Farmington from 2007-09. A longtime activist in our community, Valerie served on the Board of the Farmington Players Theatre, the American Association of University Women, the Farmington YMCA, the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Oakland County Zoological Authority.

Valerie is currently a Manager of State and Local Government Relations at FCA US LLC and previously worked as a senior staff member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Valerie received a B.S. from Western Michigan University and a Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Contact Council Member Valerie Knol via email


Ken Massey, Council Member
Ken Massey
Council Member

Ken Massey is a life-long resident of Farmington Hills. He has served the community since 2003 with 12 years on Council; as Mayor Pro Tem in 2006, 2010, and 2015; and as Mayor from 2015 to 2019. While term-limited as Mayor, he was elected back to Council to continue his service in 2019.

Ken is the Vice President of both his own Homeowners Association and a member of the Council of Homeowner Associations. 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 Public Safety 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 in Farmington Hills. Ken is proud of Council achievements during his terms, especially the elimination the Special Assessment District process for local roads. Looking forward, our City keeps momentum with a new Activities Center, infrastructure improvements, and more. Ken and his wife Katherine are proud to call Farmington Hills home.

Contact Council Member Ken Massey via email


Mary Newlin, Council Member
Mary Newlin
Council Member

Mary Newlin was elected to City Council in 2019 for the first time. She is the Council liaison to the Commission on Children, Youth and Families. Mary knows that the key to a strong community is for every resident to have a voice. As a resident of Farmington Hills for over 30 years, she understands this community and is committed to representing you. She is a mother of three, all graduates of Farmington Public Schools, and she believes that growth in our schools will encourage new families to choose our community. She is focused on the future and on the housing, businesses, and services that will encourage new residents to choose our community for their home.

Mary is a Registered Nurse with an RN diploma and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked 25 years for the Detroit Medical Center and is presently a nurse manager for a national healthcare company.

Contact Council Member Mary Newlin via email
 


Matthew Strickfaden, Council Member
Matthew Strickfaden
Council Member

Matthew Strickfaden was appointed to City Council in January 2021. He is the Council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Matt was born and raised in Farmington Hills and graduated from North Farmington High School. He is the owner of Matthew G. Strickfaden and Associates, Inc., a custom home building and remodeling business established in 1983.
He is active in the community and has coached gymnastics for 28 years at the Farmington Gymnastics Center.

Matt is interested in enhancing the City’s livability and enjoyability for all existing and prospective residents. He wants to involve members of the community in enhancing the City’s current amenities and exploring potential new ideas as we prepare for the possibilities of a post-COVID renaissance. As a Farmington Hills City Council member, Matt wants his legacy to include helping others and making a difference far into the future. He plans to run for a full term on City Council in November 2021.
 
Contact Council Member Matthew Strickfaden via email