City of Concord, California

Mayor, City Council, Treasurer

Concord is a General Law city with a City Council/City Manager form of government, and a community-oriented, performance-based management system at the core of decision-making.

City Organizational Chart

As its governing body, Concord's City Council is comprised of five elected members, who serve at large, rather than by district, each for four-year terms. City voters also elect a City Treasurer who serves for a four-year term.

The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors of the Concord/Pleasant Hill Health Care District (CPPHCD), the Board of the Local Reuse Authority, and as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency. Items considered by these bodies are done so on regular City Council Agendas

Concord is among more than 300 cities in California operating under the Council-Manager form of government. The Council hires the City Manager, who is then responsible for all management functions of the City, including preparation of the budget, delivery of services, hiring of personnel, and implementation of capital projects. The City Council also directly hires the City Attorney who serves as the City's primary legal advisor.


Municipal elections are consolidated with the general election held every two years in November of the even-numbered years. Council terms overlap, with three Councilmembers elected one year and the other two elected two years later. The Council annually selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Vice Mayor.

For further election information, visit the Municipal elections page, or visit the Fair Political Practices Commission Web site at

City Council

Name Position Full Term Expires
Laura Hoffmeister
Mayor Nov. 2018
Edi Birsan
Vice Mayor Nov. 2020
Ron Leone
Councilmember Nov. 2018
Tim McGallian
Councilmember Nov. 2018
Carlyn Obringer
Councilmember Nov. 2020

City Treasurer

Name Position Term Expires
Tim McGallian
City Treasurer November 2018

City Executive Staff

Title Contact Info
City Manager
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Valerie Barone
(925) 671-3150
Fax - (925) 798-0636
Deputy City Manager
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
(925) 671-3150
Fax - (925) 798-0636
City Attorney
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Susanne Brown
(925) 671-3160
Fax - (925) 671-3469
Chief of Police
1350 Galindo Street
Concord, CA 94520
Guy Swanger
(925) 671-3200
Fax - (925) 691-6942
Director of Community and Economic Development
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Victoria Walker
(925) 671-3432
Fax - (925) 798-0636
Director of Parks and Recreation
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Steve Voorhies
(925) 671-3202
Fax - (925) 671-3449
Director of Concord Community Reuse Project
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Guy Bjerke
(925) 671-3019
Fax - (925) 798-0636
Director of Finance
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Karan Reid
(925) 671-3192
Fax - (925) 671-3353
Director of Human Resources
2794 Salvio Street
Concord, CA 94519
Elia Bamberger
(925) 671-3310
Fax - (925) 671-3496
Director of Information Technology
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Jeff Lewis
(925) 671-3189
Fax - (925) 671-3198
Director of Public Works
1455 Gasoline Alley
Concord, CA 94520
Justin Ezell
(925) 671-3231
Fax - (925) 680-1660
City Clerk
1950 Parkside Drive
Concord, CA 94519
Joelle Fockler
(925) 671-3495
Fax - (925) 671-3375
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Contact Your City Council

1950 Parkside Drive, MS/01
Concord, CA 94519
Phone: (925) 671-3158. Fax: (925) 798-0636
Note: For correspondence sent to City Council, City Clerk or City Treasurer, please put Attention; followed by the name of the specific elected official.

Elected Officials

Mayor Laura M. Hoffmeister

Portrait of Laura HoffmeisterLaura Hoffmeister, a lifelong Concord resident, was first elected to the City Council in 1997 and reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. She served as Mayor in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2011, and 2016, Vice Mayor in 2000, 2004 and 2015, and Chair of the Concord Redevelopment Agency in 1999, 2003, and 2008.

Hoffmeister is active in her support of the various veterans and support organizations including VFW Post 1525 - Clayton Valley; Blue Star Moms and Diablo Valley Veterans. She is a past recipient of Contra Costa Women's Hall of Fame Community Leadership Award.

Prior to election, Hoffmeister served as Chair of the Redevelopment Advisory Committee (RAC), Vice Chair of the Design Review Board, and was an active member of the Economic Development Task Force, Main Street Committee, County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

She formerly served on the boards of the Concord Historical Society, American Association of University Women, and is a graduate of Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's "Leadership Concord" Academy.

She holds a BS degree in City and Environmental Planning from the University of California, Davis.

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Vice Mayor Edi E. Birsan

Portrait of Edi BirsanEdi E. Birsan was elected to the City Council in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is an active community leader and has served in many positions, from the Director of Community Services for Concord-Diablo Rotary to the President of the Friends of the Library, to volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations.

Birsan came to Concord in 1983 working for a global, inter-modal container leasing company. He started his own company in 1986, which currently focuses on certification/inspection and service in the inter-modal equipment field. He brings a history of running a small business as well as world-class experience in pioneering efforts at containerization of global trade.

Birsan was born and raised in New York City where he earned his B.A. degree in dual majors of History and Political Science from City University-CCNY. He and his wife (they were high school sweethearts) have raised two generations in Concord and have lived in the same house since 1983 in the area off of Monument Blvd.

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Councilmember Ron Leone

Portrait of Ron LeoneRon Leone, a resident of Concord since 1978, was elected to the City Council in 2010, re-elected in 2014. He served as Mayor in 2012 and Vice Mayor in 2014 and 2016. Leone served 35 years in education as a high school teacher and principal. He was the teacher of the year in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and teachers' association president. He coached high school baseball, and several championship mock trial and constitutional academic teams.

Leone was raised in the lower socio-economic, Bay View/Hunter's Point District of San Francisco, but worked his way through college earning his BA and teaching credential from San Francisco State and his MA and Administrative credential from St. Mary's college in Moraga.

Prior to his election on the City Council he served as an elected member of the Mt. Diablo Hospital District Board for 16 years; he also served as the Chairman of the Board of the John Muir Hospitals and the City's Planning Commission.

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Councilmember Carlyn Obringer

Portrait of Carlyn ObringerCarlyn Obringer was elected to the City Council in November 2016. She previously served on the City's Design Review Board and the Planning Commission, which she chaired. A community leader, she chaired the City's 2016 July 4th Parade and founded Concord's annual Art and Wine (and Beer!) Walk. She is the former chair of Monument Impact and the Contra Costa Commission on the Status of Women, and a past President of Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista.

Obringer has been active in many local organizations including the American Association of University Women—Concord Branch, the Concord Ambassadors, the Concord Historical Society, and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Professionally, Obringer analyzes education policy and budgets, provides technical assistance to charter schools and members of the public around, and conducts Brown Act and government ethics trainings throughout the state. She holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and resides near downtown Concord with her husband, Justin, and their dog, Crystal.

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Councilmember Tim McGallian

Portrait of Concord City TreasurerTim McGallian was selected by the City Council to fill the vacant seat that was created when Tim Grayson was elected to the State Assembly in the November 2016 election. The term runs through November 2018. He previously served as City Treasurer from July 2015 to January 2017. He served on the City of Concord’s Planning Commission from 2010 to 2015. He is the Past President of the Todos Santos Business Association Arts Foundation through which he founded the Concord July 4th Festival and Fireworks in 2014.

McGallian was vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce from 2010 to 2016, and chaired the Chamber's Government Affairs and Economic Development Committee from 2008-2012.

He is active in many community organizations, serving as president of the Greater Concord Kiwanis Club from 2009 to 2011 and as president of the St. Agnes School Board from 2008-2015. He has been a coach for Concord American Little League and CYO Basketball and Track and Field. He is currently an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 465, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.

McGallian is a Business Underwriting Specialist for State Farm Insurance for Alameda & Contra Costa Counties. He holds a BA in Strategic Management and Marketing from Sacramento State University. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children: Andrew, Alyssa and Audrey.

Treasury Division | Treasury Reports

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Council Standing Committees

There are currently five standing City Council Committees, each of which is made up of two Councilmembers. The committees meet monthly and make recommendations to the City Council for action on items they have considered.

The Mayor makes new committee assignments following the reorganization of the City Council at the end of the calendar year. Committee members serve one-year terms. Committee agendas are available on the City's Web site.

Committee Chair/Member Meeting Time
Policy Development & Internal Operations Hoffmeister/Birsan 2nd Thursday at 5:30 pm
Housing & Economic Development Leone/Obringer 4th Monday at 5:30 pm
Infrastructure & Franchise Birsan/Hoffmeister 2nd Monday at 5:30 pm
Recreation, Cultural Affairs & Community Services Obringer/McGallian 3rd Wednesday at 5:30 pm
Youth & Education McGallian/Leone 3rd Monday at 5:30 pm
External Appointments Member/Alternate
Association of Bay Area Governments General Assembly (ABAG) Grayson/Helix
Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA) Hoffmeister/Leone
Central County Literacy Coalition Birsan/Hoffmeister
Citizen Core Emergency Response Team Grayson/Helix
League of California Cities (East Bay Division) Leone/Grayson
Transportation Partnership and Cooperation Regional Committee (TRANSPAC) Leone/Grayson

The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord, CA 94519. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at Copies may also be obtained by contacting the City Clerk at (925) 671-3390 or email

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