City Council

Shawn Christianson

Mayor Shawn M. Christianson
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Public Works Department & Communications Commissioner
Term as Councilmember Expires December 2020

Al Royse

Vice Mayor Alvin L. Royse
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Finance Department Commissioner
Term as Councilmember Expires December 2020

Jay Benton

Councilmember Jess E. Benton
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Fire Department Commissioner
Term as Councilmember Expires December 2020

Marie Chuang

Councilmember Marie Chuang
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Building & Planning Department Commissioner
Term as Councilmember Expires December 2022

Larry May

Councilmember Laurence M. May
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Police Department Commissioner
Term as Councilmember Expires December 2022


  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Second Monday of each month
  • Council Chambers
    Town Hall
    1600 Floribunda Avenue
  • Open to the public

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Additional Information

The governing body of the Town of Hillsborough is the City Council, which establishes the local law and policies through enactment of ordinances and resolutions. The City Council also determines how the town shall obtain and spend funds, appoints members to all advisory municipal activities and represents the town by serving on regional and county committees / boards whose policies may impact the town.

The City Council consists of five members who are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for a four-year term by the citizens of Hillsborough. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years. The City Council selects one of its members to be Mayor and one to be Vice Mayor, each for a maximum of two one-year terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney.

On Monday, December 10, 2018, the Town of Hillsborough City Council elected Shawn M. Christianson as Mayor and Alvin L. Royse as Vice Mayor. Both Mayor Christianson and Vice Mayor Royse will serve a maximum of two one-year terms. The Hillsborough City Council also consists of Councilmembers Jess E. (Jay) Benton, Marie Chuang and Laurence M. May.

The Councilmembers 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 elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The address of the City Clerk's Office is 1600 Floribunda Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010

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.

Council Member Compensation

City Council members receive no direct compensation for serving on the Council. Council Members are eligible to receive health insurance coverage while serving on the Council.

Base pay$0.00

Available Benefits*:

*Actual benefit coverage is dependent upon participation in the benefits program, which is voluntary and has been declined by many of the City Council members, as well as the level of enrollment (member only, member +1, member + family). The maximum potential benefit for medical insurance is the Blue Shield family rate – rates shown above are the highest current benefits being paid for participating Council members.