City Council

Rio Dell has a City Council - City Manager form of government. The City Council sets policy while the City Manager carries out the day-to-day business of the City. The Mayor is selected by the City Council and serves as the presiding officer at city council meetings and as the official head of the city for legislative and ceremonial purposes.

City Council Members are elected to four year terms. Terms are staggered and every two years either 2 or 3 members are up for re-election.

Mayor Frank Wilson
Term Expires: 2020

Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Johnson
Term Expires: 2018

Councilmember Debra Garnes
Term Expires: 2018

Councilmember Sue Strahan
Term Expires: 2020

Councilmember Tim Marks
Term Expires: 2018


Council Committee Appointments

Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG)
Meets 3rd Thursday at 4:00 PM in Eureka
Appointee: Johnson    Alternate: Strahan

Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Meets Quarterly for lunch (various locations)
Appointee: Garnes    Alternate: Marks

Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA)
Meets 3rd Thursday @ 5:30 PM in Eureka
Appointee: Wilson    Alternate: Johnson

Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA)
Meets 3rd Wednesday at 9:00 AM at HTA
Appointee: Marks    Alternate: Strahan

League of California Cities (Redwood Empire Division) (LOCC)
Meets Quarterly (various locations)
Appointee: Johnson    Alternate: Garnes

Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC)
Meets 4th Monday at 6:30 PM in Eureka
Appointee: Wilson    Alternate: Johnson

Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
(Appointed Dec. 2014 to term ending 6/30/16)
Appointee: Johnson    Alternate: None

Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Meets 3rd Monday at 3:00 PM in Eureka
Appointee: Marks    Alternate: Wilson

Humboldt/Del Norte Hazardous Response Authority
Meets Quarterly at 4:30 PM in Eureka
Appointee: Strahan    Alternate: Garnes

Internal Committees

Traffic Committee: Chief of Police Hill, Community Development Director Caldwell, City Manager Knopp, Rio Dell Fire Chief Wilson, Water/Roadways Superintendent Jensen, Mayor Wilson and Councilmember Marks
(Meetings scheduled as needed)

Nuisance Hearing Committee: City Manager Knopp, Community Development Director Caldwell, Chief of Police Hill, Councilmember Johnson and Marks, and 2 public members, Julie Woodall and Joseph Frye

(There is no establishment of a “Nuisance Committee”)

Sculpture Committee: Community Development Director Caldwell, Mayor Wilson, Susan Pryor, Robert (Robey) Agnew and Kim Reid

Liaison to Rio Dell Fire District: Councilmember Garnes/Strahan (Alternate)

Liaison to Rio Dell/Scotia Chamber of Commerce: Councilmember Marks/Garnes (Alternate)

Labor Adhoc Committee: Councilmembers Marks and Garnes; Mayor Pro Tem Johnson, Alternate.


The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at City Hall.

See City Council Agendas & Minutes here.