The City Council is the city's governing body. In general municipal elections, its members are elected by district to four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem each serve one-year terms and are selected annually by the City Council at its first regular meeting in December.
The Mayor, who represents the City of Menlo Park at ceremonial and public functions, also serves as the presiding officer of the City Council.
- ProfileRay Mueller was elected at-large in 2012 and 2016. In 2020, he was elected to represent District 5.
Email the City Council
To express your comments and opinions about a topic, you can email the entire City Council (and senior staff).
Please note: All communications to the City Council and/or city staff are public records subject to the California Public Records Act. Emails sent to this address are provided to the local media and are posted on the city's website for public viewing. The email address of the sender is not disclosed on the website for security purposes. However, information contained in the body of the email, including personal contact information, can be viewed and retrieved through a search. Each City Council member also directly receives email sent to this address.
This feature is designed to allow public viewing of emails sent to the entire City Council. The process by which emails sent to the City Council are posted on this site is automated. Sometimes formatting within the body of the email is lost during this automated process, making messages harder to read. Typically, formatting is easier to preserve if formatted materials are sent as attachments rather than in the body of the email. However some viewers of this City Council email site may have difficulty opening attachments.
It is the city's practice to remove SPAM (unsolicited bulk email) from the City Council email log. If you believe your email has been removed in error, please contact the City Manager's Office.
You can view the City Council email log online.
City Council meetings, agendas and minutes
Meetings are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month and start at 5 p.m. with special meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings currently held virtually (online). The City Council meeting schedule(PDF, 104KB) is published in January each year.
Participate in meetings
Join meetings using the link on the published agenda and the citywide calendar.
Agendas and minutes
In accordance with the Brown Act, the city website provides meeting agendas for public review. For regular meetings, agendas will be posted no later than 72 hours in advance; agendas for special meetings will be posted no later than 24 hours in advance. Meeting minutes are available following approval.
Council-Manager form of government
Learn about the council-manager form of government
Take our brief text message course to learn about the City of Menlo Park’s council-manager form of government and the role of City Council.
The video below highlights the value that professional local government management brings to our communities. For more information, visit the International City/County Management Association website.