Town Council Overview

The Town Council consists of five representatives elected at large by the citizens of Fairfax. The Town Council is the policy making legislative body of the Town and is ultimately responsible to the community for the implementation of all programs and services provided by the Town. The Council reviews proposals to meet community needs, initiates action for new programs, and determines the ability of the Town to provide financing for various activities. The Council appoints the Town Manager and the Town Attorney and ratifies the appointment of Department Heads. Appointments are made to Commissions, Boards and Advisory Committees. The Council acts to influence local, regional and state policies favorable to the Town through various organizations and action groups.

Regular Meeting Schedule

Regular Town Council meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Women's Club, 46 Park Rd., Fairfax (map). The 2017 Town Council meeting schedule is as follows:

January 16, 2018 July 18, 2018
February 7, 2018 August 1, 2018
March 7, 2018 September 5, 2018
April 4, 2018  October 3, 2018
May 2, 2018     November 7, 2018
June 6, 2018 December 5, 2018

The meeting agenda is posted the preceding Friday and a copy of staff reports and attachments is available for review on the counter of Town Hall by 5 PM. All materials are available on this website by Saturday morning prior to the Wednesday meeting, by clicking on the agenda and packet link below under the Calendar Notes heading.

For information about former meetings of the Town Council, please click on the Meeting Archive, where you will find videos, audio recordings, minutes, and agenda packets.

Town Council Members

The Fairfax Town Council consists of five members. You may contact them using the email links below, or via the Town Clerk at mgardner@townoffairfax.org.

Mayor Peter Lacques placques@townoffairfax.org Nov. 2015 to Nov. 2019
Vice Mayor Barbara Coler bcoler@townoffairfax.org Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2020
Bruce Ackerman backerman@townoffairfax.org Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2020
Renee Goddardrgoddard@townoffairfax.org Nov. 2015 to Nov. 2019
John Reed jreed@townoffairfax.org Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2020

Positions with Additional Compensation

Council members may participate in a decision to appoint themselves to a position that will result in additional compensation to them, subject to conditions stated in Regulation 18705.5 (Regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission, Title 2, Division 6, California Code of Regulations). One of these conditions is that the Town Council post a form on the Town website that identifies each position the council appoints for which compensation is paid, the salary or stipend for each position, and the names of each official who has been appointed as the agency’s representative, or alternate.

View the Town of Fairfax's Form 806 | Read Regulation 18705.5

Annual Goals

Each year the Town Council adopts a set of goals. Please click here to see the current goals, adopted on April 5, 2017.

Fairfax Financing Authority

The Fairfax Financing Authority is a separate government entity whose purpose is to assist with the financing or refinancing of certain public capital facilities within the Town. The Authority has the power to purchase bonds issued by any local agency at public or negotiated sale and may sell such bonds to public or private purchasers at public or negotiated sale. The Authority is controlled by the Town and has the same governing body as the Town, which also performs all accounting and administrative functions for the Authority. The financial activities of the Authority are included in the 2008 and 2012 Series Debt Service Funds.


Each Councilmember receives $300 per month for his/her service. For detailed information regarding the Town Council’s compensation, please visit www.publicpay.ca.gov.

Town Budget

View the Town Budget by clicking here.

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