HAPPY VALLEY CITY Council

The City of Happy Valley is governed by the Happy Valley City Council, which is comprised of three City councilors, one Council president, and the mayor. All councilors and the mayor serve four-year terms and are elected by the voters of the City of Happy Valley in the general election in November.

Terms are staggered so that term expiration occurs every two years. This assures that the City has at least two experienced Council members at all times. The Happy Valley City Council serves the City on a voluntary basis, and dedicates a considerable amount of time in their involvement not only at Council meetings but also as representatives of the City in regional and statewide capacities.

Mayor & City Council

The council consists of a mayor and four councilors nominated and elected by the city at large.

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Tom Ellis Mayor - Term expires 12-31-2022

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Tom Ellis was elected to serve as Mayor beginning January 2019. Tom served on the Planning Commission for six years, including one year as Chair. In 2011, he was appointed to the City Council, was elected to City Council in 2012 and re-elected 2016, and served as Council President 2017-2018. Tom, a small business owner and U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, ...Read More »

Tom Ellis was elected to serve as Mayor beginning January 2019. Tom served on the Planning Commission for six years, including one year as Chair. In 2011, he was appointed to the City Council, was elected to City Council in 2012 and re-elected 2016, and served as Council President 2017-2018.

Tom, a small business owner and U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, and his wife, Jennifer, have been married 28 years. They have called Happy Valley home for the last 16 years.

“As an appointed committee volunteer and then an elected city councilor, my interests have always been to ensure tax payer funds are well spent, growth is managed, and citizens are heard. I look forward to carrying these same values as your Mayor.”« Less

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Brett Sherman Council President Position 3 - Term expires 12-31-2022

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Brett Sherman was first elected to City Council in 2014, and was re-elected for his second term and appointed Council President beginning January 2019. Prior to that, he had served four years on the Traffic and Public Safety Committee. Originally from Minnesota, Brett majored in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, Brett and his family, wife Stacy and ...Read More »

Brett Sherman was first elected to City Council in 2014, and was re-elected for his second term and appointed Council President beginning January 2019. Prior to that, he had served four years on the Traffic and Public Safety Committee.

Originally from Minnesota, Brett majored in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, Brett and his family, wife Stacy and daughter MacKenzie, moved to Happy Valley.

Brett has spent over 30 years in the investment industry, currently as the Principal at Madrona Wealth Management, LLC and is a member in good standing with the Investment Management Consultants Association.

An avid hiker, Brett assumed the administrator role of the local hiking group, Happy Valley Hikers, in 2006. Brett’s other interests include biking, photography, music, movies, and service as a Rotarian.« Less

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Markley Drake Council Position 1 - Term expires 12-31-2022

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Markley Drake has been a member of the City Council for over 10 years, and is currently in his fourth term of office. Markley is currently the Council liaison to the Traffic and Public Safety Committee and served on the Happy Valley Parks Committee and the Planning Commission in the past. Markley sits on several County Committees, including the Riverhealth ...Read More »

Markley Drake has been a member of the City Council for over 10 years, and is currently in his fourth term of office. Markley is currently the Council liaison to the Traffic and Public Safety Committee and served on the Happy Valley Parks Committee and the Planning Commission in the past.

Markley sits on several County Committees, including the Riverhealth Advisory Board, Regional Wastewater Advisory Committee, the County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, and C-4.

Markley was raised in the Portland area, and has lived in Happy Valley with his family for over 30 years. In the 1980s, he designed and built a solar house and still lives there today.

Markley and his wife have traveled extensively, domestically and abroad, but two of their favorite places to visit, Timberline Lodge and Cannon Beach, are close to home.

“I am thankful for the citizens putting their trust and faith into me.”« Less

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David Golobay Council Position 2 - Term expires 12-31-2020

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David Golobay was elected to serve on the Happy Valley City Council with a term beginning January, 2017. David, along with his wife and two sons, have resided in Happy Valley for over nine years. The Golobay family have given years of service to school fundraising and youth coaching. David is a business owner and Happy Valley Concerts in the ...Read More »

David Golobay was elected to serve on the Happy Valley City Council with a term beginning January, 2017.
David, along with his wife and two sons, have resided in Happy Valley for over nine years. The Golobay family have given years of service to school fundraising and youth coaching. David is a business owner and Happy Valley Concerts in the Valley sponsor. His service to the community includes volunteering on the Happy Valley Traffic and Public Safety Committee, coaching local youth sports, volunteering on the PTO, past President of the Happy Valley Business Alliance and past Chair of the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce.
As a business owner, “I know how to set a budget and follow it, manage multiple projects, and build professional relationships. I am ready to bring my knowledge and skills to Happy Valley City Council to help continue to make this a great place to live and work.”« Less

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David Emami City Council Position 4 - Term Expires 12-31-2020

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David Emami was appointed to City Council in 2019. David, along with his wife, Susie, and two daughters, Soheila and Nova, have resided in Happy Valley since 2013. Prior to his appointment, David served on the Planning Commission, Parks Advisory Committee, Clackamas County Street Light Budget Committee and was President of the Jackson Hills HOA. David also has extensive volunteer ...Read More »

David Emami was appointed to City Council in 2019. David, along with his wife, Susie, and two daughters, Soheila and Nova, have resided in Happy Valley since 2013. Prior to his appointment, David served on the Planning Commission, Parks Advisory Committee, Clackamas County Street Light Budget Committee and was President of the Jackson Hills HOA. David also has extensive volunteer experience with local schools, state educational programs, local charities and non-profit organizations. David is the first ever Iranian-American member of a City Council in Oregon’s history and believes “Diversity in our thoughts and opinions is what makes us stronger as a community.” David is an Account Manager at Ferguson Enterprises, where he was worked for 13 years and David has over 20 years of experience in the private sector. “My entire career is based on providing solutions for people in all walks of life and bringing individuals together towards a common goal.” Born and raised in Oregon, David attended Oregon State University and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics, and has a minor in Chemistry. David is proud to be a strong voice for the underrepresented and a champion of the people. In his spare time, David enjoys being with his family, volunteering at school functions, basketball and hiking.” I look forward to bringing fresh new ideas from a different lens and I have the knowledge, passion and experience to serve our city. I am determined and motivated to ensure Happy Valley is a safe community where all people are welcome and respected. I am honored to serve our fine City.”« Less

CITY COUNCIL work session and regular business MEETINGS ARE HELD in THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS at City Hall on the first and third tuesday of each month.

Work session begins at 6:00 pm and is followed by the regular business meeting at 7:00 PM.

Council Goals

The Council has established the following seven goals:

GOAL 1

Managed growth and economic development

GOAL 2

Employee development in a quality work environment

GOAL 3

A safe, livable community with a sense of pride and strong identity

GOAL 4

Effective relationships with local, regional, and state partners

GOAL 5

Fiscal responsibility

GOAL 6

Environmentally-sensible practices

GOAL 7

Effective and efficient services