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

Mary Gaumnitz

Learn more about Ms. Gaumnitz


Term Ends December 2018
Dennis Haworth
Mayor Pro Tem

Learn more about Mr. Haworth


Term Ends December 2020
Waseem Ahmed
Council Member

Learn more about Mr. Ahmed


Term Ends December 2018
Ray Barragan
Council Member

Learn more about Mr. Barragan


Term Ends December 2020
John Chavez
Council Member

Learn more about Mr. Chavez


Term Ends December 2020

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.

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

City Council Agendas & Minutes

Notice of Council Reorganization

Council Appointments - Collaborative Agencies

Agency Report of Public Official Appointments (Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 806)

Receipt and Distribution of Tickets and/or Passes (APP G4)

City Council wages are set by ordinance. For the current rate click HERE to access the Chowchilla Municipal Code and search for Chapter 2.04 - City Council, specifically 2.04.110 - Council salaries - Established.



The City Council convenes their meetings jointly with the Redevelopment Agency on a regular basis. Those items that are to be acted upon by the Redevelopment Agency will be denoted with an asterisk on the meeting agenda. Joint City Council/Redevelopment Agency meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Special meetings can be called with a 24-hour notice. Notices of meetings and meeting locations are posted at the Civic Center as required by the Brown Act. Meetings are held in Council Chambers at the Chowchilla Civic Center located at 130 S. Second Street.

Council meetings consist of several items of business. During Council meetings there is a time devoted to Public Address, which is a time set aside for the sole purpose of allowing members of the public to address the Council on items of interest that are not on the agenda and are within Council's jurisdiction. Each speaker is limited to three to five minutes. Council may or may not respond to comments; they are prohibited from taking action on items addressed during that time and not noticed on the agenda.

If a member of the public wishes to bring an item of interest to the Council's attention, they may do so under Public Address as noted above, or contact the City Clerk's Office to schedule an item for consideration on a 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 14 days prior to the scheduled meeting.

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.



The strength of Chowchilla flows from a variety of community organizations and opportunities that provide a well-rounded quality of life. The City of Chowchilla encourages projects, events, and cultural opportunities that focus on the economic development, heritage, diversity, and character of the community.

In support of these activities, the Chowchilla City Council has established the Council Contingency Fund (CCF) that offers grants for the purpose of aiding eligible organizations, including municipal programs, in providing new and continued projects, events and cultural experiences.

The City Council has the sole discretion as to how much can be distributed in a single grant, up to the limit of the funds available in the Contingency Fund. Utilizing this committed revenue source tied to projects, events and culture, the grant facilitates a beneficial economic cycle for our local businesses, while benefiting our residents as well.

If you or your organization would like to submit an application for possible funding by the Chowchilla City Council through the Council Contingency Fund (CCF), you are encouraged to view and download the documents provided below.

The CCF Grant Applicant Manual details the policies and procedures for grants program so you can determine the potential eligibility of your project or proposal and how to apply to apply for funding.

CCF Grant Applicant Manual .pdf (344 KB)

The CCF Grant Application is available as both a .pdf document and a fillable MS Word document. Applications must be complete and submitted to the City Clerk. A minumum four week review period is required prior to the application being presented for funding consideration at a City Council meeting.

CCF Grant Application .pdf (123 KB)
CCF Grant Application MS Word (134 KB)

The CCF Grant Request for Payment is submitted along with supporting invoices to begin the reimbursement payment process of expenditures made with CCF Grant funds.

CCF Grant Request for Payment .pdf (96 KB)

A CCF Grant Report must be completed by the grant recipient and submitted to the City Clerk within 60 days after the project or event is complete. The report form is available as both a .pdf document and a fillable MS Word document.

CCF Grant Report .pdf (147 KB)
CCF Grant Report MS Word (72 KB)

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Relations Office at (559) 665-8615, ext. 110, or send an email to