Mayor & Council

Meetings
  • 7 p.m.
  • First and third Tuesday of each month
  • City Council Chambers at City Hall
    336 Pacific Ave.
    Shafter, CA 93263
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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The city clerk's office prepares and maintains the agendas and minutes of each City Council meeting. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to each regular meeting and 24 hours prior to each special meeting at the Shafter City Hall Lobby and city Council Chambers, 336 Pacific Ave., the Shafter Police Department, 201 Central Valley Hwy, and online. Any materials required by law to be made available to the public prior to the meeting can be inspected between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday, through Friday, in the city clerk's office.

Addressing the Council
Members of the public shall have an opportunity to address the City Council either before or during the board's consideration of each item of business to be discussed at regular or special council meetings. Each person who addresses the board must first be recognized by the presiding officer.

Special Assistance to Participate
Anyone needing special assistance to participate in a council meeting pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, shall make a request at least three business days prior to the council meeting to the city clerk at 661-746-5006. Later requests will be accommodated to the extent feasible.

Statement of Economic Interest
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 elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The City Clerk's Office is located at 336 Pacific Ave., Shafter CA 93263. 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 at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

City Council Members
 Cathy Prout
  • First Elected December 1982
  • Re-Elected December 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
  • Term Expires December 2018
  • Appointed Mayor December 2014
Cathy Prout
Fran Florez
  • First Elected December 2012
  • Term Expires December 2016
  • Appointed Mayor Pro Tem December 2014
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Gilbert Alvarado
  • First Elected December 2008
  • Re-Elected December 2012
  • Term Expires December 2016
Gilbert Alvarado
Jack "Woody" Colvard
  • First Elected December 1996
  • Re-Elected December 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
  • Term Expires December 2016
Jack Colvard
Eli Espericueta
  • First Elected December 2014
  • Term Expires December 2018
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Council Overview
The City of Shafter is a charter city and operates according to the charter approved by the voters June 6, 1995, and is a City Council-City Manager form of government.
 
The City Council serves as the legislative and policy making body of the City of Shafter, formulating city policy, approving new programs and services, appropriates funds, and generally supervises the operations of city government. As elected representatives of the citizens, the City Council is responsible to all the people, and as such, devotes its energies to making decisions which are in the best interest of the public welfare.

City Council Involvement
The City Council leads a unique strategic planning effort each year to determine important issues and set overall goals for the city that year. The strategic planning effort is lead by the community wide vision project, conducted in 1996, which involved 3,000 of Shafter’s residents. The most recent update was completed in 2011. The city’s annual budget becomes the guide and the means for implementing the strategies of the vision project and community priorities.

City Council members are involved in a number of local and regional intergovernmental organizations, including the Kern Council of Governments, Kern Association of Cities, Kern Economic Development Corporation, and local service clubs and community groups.

Council members also work closely with federal, state, and local elected officials. Elected officials that represent Shafter on a county, state, and federal level can be found at Community Links.

Local Appointments List
In compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Government Code 54970, this Appointment List is posted on an annual basis on or before December 31, at Shafter City Hall, 336 Pacific Avenue, Shafter, California 93263, and at the Shafter Public Library, 236 James Street, Shafter, California 93263.

It shows all current members of commissions, boards, and committees which will expire during the next calendar year, and the dates of their terms of office. The names on this list are subject to change based on term expiration and resignations that occur during the year. Please contact the city clerk's office for a list of current vacancies at 661-746-5006, or email Christine Wilson.

Additional Information
If you have any questions for the City Council, please contact them directly, or refer general questions to the city clerk at 661-746-5006, or email Christine Wilson.