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City Council

Happy Valley’s safe, livable community is the outcome of decades of thoughtful planning and steadfast leadership.

We work hard to create a livable and vibrant community.

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.

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. Terms are staggered so that term expiration occurs every two years. This ensures that the City has at least two experienced Council members at all times.

Tom Ellis

Mayor

tome@happyvalleyor.gov

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 31 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 taxpayer funds are well spent, growth is managed, and citizens are heard. I look forward to carrying these same values as your Mayor.”

Term expires 12/31/2022

Brett Sherman

Council President, Position 3

bretts@happyvalleyor.gov

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 and is a proud Rotarian, a Mensan, and 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.

Term expires 12/31/2022

Markley Drake

Council Position 1

markleyd@happyvalleyor.gov

Markley Drake has been a member of the City Council for 14 years and is currently in his fourth term of office. Markley is currently the Council liaison to the Traffic and Public Safety Committee and the Community Alliance workgroup. Has served on the Happy Valley Parks Committee and the Planning Commission before being appointed to the Council.

Markley sits on several County committees including: Water environmental Services (WES), Elected Forum Wastewater Advisory the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee, the Region 1ACT Committee on Transportation, and Sunrise Water Budget Committee. Markley was raised in SW Portland, and has lived in Happy Valley with his family for over 36 years. In the 1980s, he designed and built a solar house and still lives there today.

Term expires 12/31/2022

David Golobay

Council Position 2

davidg@happyvalleyor.gov

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.”

Term expires 12/31/2020

David Emami

Council Position 4

davide@happyvalleyor.gov

David Emami was appointed to City Council in 2019. David, along with his wife, Susie, and two daughters 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 his 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 that “...diversity in our thoughts and opinions is what makes us stronger as a community.”

David is an Account Manager at a local plumbing company, 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.”

Term expires 12/31/2020

Tom Ellis
Mayor
Brett Sherman
Council President
Markley Drake
Council Position 1
David Golobay
Council Position 2
David Emami
Council Position 4

The council meets at city hall on the first and third tuesday of each month.

Every bi-monthly city council work session begins at 6:00 pm and is followed by the regular business meeting at 7:00 pm.

Council Goals

Much of the look and feel of the city took decades of thoughtful planning and steadfast leadership to instill development standards that reflect the community values.

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Managed growth and economic development

2

Employee development in a quality work environment

3

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

4

Effective relationships with local, regional, and state partners

5

Fiscal responsibility and stewardship

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Environmentally-sensible practices

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Effective, efficient, and readily available services