City Council


Regular City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Special or emergency meetings can be called as needed. The regular meetings are conducted beginning at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chambers in City Hall, 130 S. Second Street, Chowchilla, CA 93610.

Agendas & Minutes

As required by state law a regular meeting agenda must be posted no less than 72 hours before the start of the meeting, a special meeting agenda must be posted no less than 24 hours before the start of the meeting, and an emergency meeting agenda must be posted no later than 1 hour before the start of the meeting. Minutes are available following approval.

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Elected Members

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Mayor Dennis Haworth

Dennis Haworth

Mayor Pro Tem Ray Barragan

Ray Barragan

Council Member Waseem Ahmed

Waseem Ahmed

Council Member John Chavez

John Chavez

Council Member Mary Gaumnitz

Mary "Trinket" Gaumnitz


The City Council consists of five members elected by the community. They set policy for city government, city services and economic development for the community to provide a safe, clean, and healthy way of life.

The City Council also enters into contracts including contracts and cooperative or joint agreements with other government entities on behalf of the municipal government. Further, it oversees the fiscal affairs of the city and approves and adopts the annual city budget. The Council also appoints members to various boards and commissions that serve the city.

The City Council works for the overall improvement of life for Chowchilla citizens that include:

  • Efficient and cost effective public services
  • The development of economic programs to increase employment by enhancing the visual aesthetics of the community
  • Providing effective policy direction allowing for efficient administration of municipal operations
  • Implementing programs that provide a positive plan for the future development of the city
  • Working cooperatively with intergovernmental agencies, the Chamber of Commerce, businesses, and industry to assist in economic growth

Policy Direction

The City Council gives policy direction to the City Administrator. The Council adopts ordinances to control the affairs of the city and provides policy direction for the enforcement of those ordinances. It may pass emergency ordinances for the immediate preservation or protection of public health, property, or safety.


Council Wages

City Council wages are set by ordinance. For the current rate access the Chowchilla Municipal Code website and view the Chapter 2.04.110 - Council Salaries, Established page.

Council Meeting Details

The City Council convenes their meetings jointly with the Redevelopment Successor Agency on a regular basis. Those items that are to be acted upon by the Redevelopment Successor Agency will be denoted with an asterisk on the meeting agenda. Joint City Council/Redevelopment Successor Agency meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Special meetings can be called with a 24 hour notice and emergency meetings call be called within 1 hour notice. Notices of meetings and meeting locations are posted at City Hall as required by the Brown Act. 

City Council meetings consist of several items of business. At the beginning of each meeting time is devoted to Public Address to allow members of the public to address the City Council on items of interest that are not on the agenda and that are within City Council's jurisdiction. Each speaker is asked to limit their comments to three minutes. The City Council may or may not respond to comments and they are prohibited by law from taking action on items brought up during the Public Address as they are not noticed on the agenda.

If a member of the public wishes to bring an item of interest to the City Council's attention, they may do so under Public Address as noted above, or they can contact the City Clerk's Office to schedule an item for consideration to be placed on a future City Council agenda. In order to have items placed on an agenda, all information (including exhibits, handouts, etc.) must be received in the City Clerk's office 20 days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Needing Special Assistance

The City of Chowchilla complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA of 1990). The Council Chambers are accessible to the physically disabled. If you need special assistance, please call (559) 665-8615, extension 102 at least one week prior to the meeting.