City Council

Woodland's City Council meets regularly every first and third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall, 300 First Street in downtown Woodland. Citizens are welcome to attend in person, view proceedings on government access cable channel 20 or click here to see live/archived videos of our council meetings.

City Council Members


Jim Hilliard, Mayor

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Jim Hilliard was born in Martinez, CA and lived in Concord where he and his three brothers were competitive swimmers, skin divers and active in a local unicycle club. After moving and living in Newark, CA for 2 years, the family relocated to Davis in 1970 where Jim’s father was a State Farm Insurance agent. Jim attended Davis High School and was active in football, wrestling and especially music.

During high school, Jim worked for Cricket Construction as a laborer and for his father in the insurance business. He quickly figured out that the insurance business was much easier on the body and decided to pursue a career with State Farm. He attended American River College and Sac State before his children were born. After 3 kids and getting the family established, Jim returned to National University to complete his bachelor of business administration. On October 1st, 1985, Jim opened his State Farm Insurance agency in Woodland.

Becoming active in the Woodland Chamber of Commerce helped Jim get to know the community and helped establish his business. In return, Jim was very active in most of the committees of the Chamber and he worked his way up to being president of the organization in 1994. He also became active with the AM Woodland Kiwanis Club and eventually became a member of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club. He has been president of both of those wonderful organizations. He has also been active with the Yolo Association of Realtors, Meals on Wheels, chairman of the American Red Cross of Yolo County and the Woodland Swim Team.

The insurance business has been good in Woodland and Jim has grown his business from no clients or policies in 1985 to a thriving agency, employing three staff members today. He has received numerous awards from his company for production efforts. Jim has also been active with the Personal Insurance Federation, an insurance lobbying group.

Jim has four children. Three have graduated from Woodland High School and his 9 year old son attends Esparto Elementary. Jim’s oldest son, Josh, is an engineer with the Woodland Fire Department. Daughter Jenna works for Jim in his agency and daughter Jaimi has a masters in psychology and works for the Douglas County Colorado justice system. <

Music has always been a big part of Jim’s life. He started playing in 3rd grade and never really stopped. While in high school, and for many years after, Jim played with the UC Davis jazz band and many local bands as well as almost all the high school groups. He is currently playing with the Plainfield Pickers, Highway 16, Dropped Roses, the Jim Hilliard Jazz Quartet and We Bones, all Yolo County bands.

Having concluded his second term as president of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce in December 2010, Jim feels this is a perfect time to become involved on the city council. He worked closely with the city during the budget process, as well as being on the City Water Rate Advisory Committee. This close exposure has given Jim a better understanding of city government and the decisions handled by the council and has prepared him for this leadership role.

Angel Barajas, Mayor Pro Tempore

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 Council Member Angel Barajas was born in Woodland, California. He attended Gibson Elementary School, Douglass Middle School, and graduated from Woodland High School. Angel also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government, from Sacramento State University. He is currently a 2017 Masters in Public Administration candidate at the University of Southern California (USC).

Upon graduating from college, Angel returned to his community as an Assistant Deputy to a Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. In 2007, he was appointed Commissioner to the Parks & Recreation Commission and in 2009, he served as Chairman. Furthermore, he was elected to serve on the Woodland Joint Unified School District as a Trustee from 2010-2014. Angel was previously appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Yolo County Agriculture Board of Directors, playing a central role in the annual Yolo County Fair held in Woodland.

After being encouraged by a variety of community leaders and residents, Angel ran and was elected onto the Woodland City Council on June 3, 2014. As Council Member, Angel is currently serving on the Youth Gang Reduction Intervention Program (YGRIP), Library 2x2, and Sustainability Committees. He is a strong proponent in supporting Woodland’s downtown revitalizing efforts, living in a efficient and sustainable community, public safety, balanced economic growth/development, youth and senior services, and providing a voice to the voiceless.

‘My goal is for Woodland residents to not only feel, but to see that city leaders are providing equitable services to all sectors of our community. Woodland has the potential to lead the region into economic and social prosperity. We will continue to work with community residents, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and other service providers to make this happen.”-Angel Barajas

Tom Stallard, Council Member

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Tom Stallard is a native Californian.  He holds degrees in economics and law from UC Davis.  In addition to operating two businesses, Legislative Intent Service which researches the background of statutory and regulatory law, and Rose Colored Glass Company which rehabilitates historic commercial property, Tom has a rich history of public service.  He is a former 8 year Yolo County Supervisor and currently in his fifth year on the Woodland City Council where is he the current mayor.

Tom's legal work has involved him in many important law cases including the probate decisions of the Howard Hughes Estate, the protection of celebrity likenesses in a case involving Bela Lugosi, and as part of the defense team in the first Rodney Allen King police brutality trial.  Tom has also served on more than 20 non-profit boards and was the founding Secretary of the California State Library Foundation and the founding President of the California State Archives Foundation which launched The California Museum, located in Sacramento.  His other board service has included KVIE Public Television, Valley Vision, Great Valley Center, American Leadership Forum, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and many more.  Tom also helped found and was the first president of the Cache Creek Conservancy which has done creek restoration work while accommodating reasonable gravel mining.  The Conservancy developed and operates a 135 acre creekside nature preserve that acts as an outdoor laboratory to teach children and others about the importance of understanding and protecting the natural world.  For this work, Tom and Yolo County received the Governor's Economic & Environmental Award.

Tom's passion for environmental sustainability infuses his service on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments where he was a leader in the development of a 50 year land use strategy called "Blueprint" which encouraged smart growth development in the six county Sacramento Region.  Today, average vehicle miles traveled per resident is actually in decline due to policies put in place in that plan just eleven years ago.    This work resulted in the receipt of a second Governor's Economic & Environmental Award, among over a dozen such recognitions including a citation from the Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency.  Tom chairs the Woodland Sustainability Committee and has helped stimulate a number of innovations that have made Woodland a quiet leader in best practices and conservation.

Sean Denny, Council Member 

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Born in Woodland December 1961

Grew up in Woodland when there were only 24,000 people in town, back when the only shopping was on Main Street and if you learned to swim it was at Hiddelson pool. Joined the Cub Scouts, played Little League baseball, Pop Warner football and was defensive tackle and threw shot and discus for the Woodland Wolves. Received a letter in Track and Football.

Graduated from Rosary School 1976

Graduated from Woodland High School 1980

Studied Art and Design at American River College

Architectural Rendering at Consumnes College 1981-1983
Graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphics & Packaging 1983-1986

Worked and Freelanced for design & ad agencies in Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego 1986-1988

Started Denny Design 1988-present

Clients based in: Ag, Ag Manufacturing, Food and Packaging, Corporate Identity & Brand Design, Design educational BMP’s manuals and brochures for CURES & Water boards Fresno to Sacramento, Facilities, Capabilities, Product brochures and Branding design, Facade Design, Safety, Way Finding & Signage

My job as a Graphic designer is to take a product, service or a facility and show the qualities and assets and visually design a need for the consumer to choose that product, service or facility over one than the other. Basically I give my clients the competitive edge visually in the market place. For 25 years I have found creative solutions for my clients that drive new consumers to read, taste, buy, or walk thru their doors.

My office is the colorful 1889 cast iron and brick Victorian on First Street. Because I love the history that Woodland is so rich in, I spent 5 years researching, planning, and restoring its former 1889 glory.

Woodland City Council: Elected June 2012

Board Member of NCCP/HCP (JPA), Downtown Business Development Task Force, Yolo County Criminal Justice Cabinet, WJUSD/ Woodland Comm. College 3x2x2, Alternate: Yolo County Transportation District, Yolo County Community Choice Task Force, Infrastructures Subcommittee, Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

Plans for Woodland:

I have the vision to steer Woodland to a more pro business with a prosperous future for all of Woodland. Standing up to special interests and as well as bureaucratic red tape and lack of the wanting to embrace the future of Woodland and the changes that need to be made to be competitive in our future. Voicing my opinion is how I landed this job and mostly I form my opinion by what I hear from you and your neighbors I believe that’s how it works staying in touch.

Don't hesitate to contact me and voice your opinion.

Our quality of life; our homes, businesses and our families deserve a safe community. I am a strong supporter of public safety. I want only what is best for our community. I welcome your ideas and concerns.

Please e-mail me at: Thank you!

Marlin H. "Skip" Davies, Council Member

On July 19, 2016 the City Council nominated Marlin H. "Skip" Davies to fulfill the at-large term vacated by Dr. Bill Marble. Biography and photo coming soon.

For more information regarding City Council please contact Woodland's City Clerk.