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

Enrique Fernandez, Mayor 

To contact Enrique Fernandez email enrique.fernandez@cityofwoodland.org or click here.

Enrique was born and raised in Woodland. At Pioneer High School, he quarterbacked the Patriots to a league championship and Div. III section championship game. Enrique attended the University of California, Berkeley earning a B.A. in Legal Studies. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law concentrating in Environmental Law and Public Interest Law.

Enrique has served as the Vice Chairperson of Woodland’s Parks & Recreation Commission where he successfully advocated for improving access to City programs for low-income youth, for expanded communication between the City and the community, and for the passage of Measure J. Additionally, Enrique has served on Woodland’s General Plan Update Steering Committee where he has advocated for smart and sustainable growth and infrastructure improvements that strengthen the local economy.

Enrique has served Woodland by coaching high school football, organizing food drives, and coordinating initiatives that add to the quality of life of Woodlanders. He has served as Co-Chair of the city-wide Commit2Fit initiative, as a member of the Woodland Bike Campaign, as a volunteer at the Yolo Food Bank’s Kids Farmers Market, as a member of the League of Women Voters, and as a board member on the Woodland Recreation Foundation. Also, for the past eight years, Enrique has awarded a scholarship to a graduate of Pioneer High School who demonstrates a commitment to moral courage and community service.

Enrique’s professional experience includes working for the Department of Homeland Security, Armstrong & Associates Insurance Services, and The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest medical malpractice insurance company. Currently, Enrique is employed by an environmental law firm where he resolves legal issues surrounding local, state, and federal laws.

Service is core to Enrique and his family. His father, Armando, served in local law enforcement for over 30 years. His mother, Victoria, continues to serve Woodland as a public school teacher. His brother, Bobby, serves in the United States Army, and his brother, Alex, works in local corrections. Enrique’s sister, Cristina, serves local foster youth by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and she married, Matthew Smith, a Woodland business owner.

Xochitl Rodriguez, Mayor Pro Tempore

To contact Xochitl Rodriguez email xochitl.rodriguez@cityofwoodland.org or click here

Mayor Pro Tempore Xóchitl Rodriguez was born in Saint Helena and was raised in Woodland. She attended Freeman Elementary, Lee Junior High, and Woodland High. Xóchitl's parents and siblings live in Woodland and have been residents of the community since 1983. She currently lives in the fifth district with her husband Antonio Murillo, both are a military couple serving in the US Army Reserves. 

Xóchitl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Spanish, from the University of California, Davis (2008) and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish, from the California State University, Sacramento (2013). Concurrently, she has been serving in the US Army Reserves since 2003, and is a Sergeant in her unit based out of Sacramento. She is an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veteran. 

Xóchitl worked for the Legislature from 2008 to 2016, and has served in many capacities that have contributed to the smooth function of the legislative process. Most recently, she served as a member consultant for the CA State Assembly. Her distinguished service was accomplished as a field representative under the 53rd assembly district, where she covered issues such as education, environmental quality, homelessness, housing, public safety, and veterans affairs. Much of her work involved community outreach and constituent casework services, serving as a liaison between constituents and state agencies. A strong believer in health safety, she participated in the Exide Community Advisory Group: a group which was tasked with assisting in the mediation and safe closure and clean-up of Exide (battery recycling plant), which was contaminating communities in the southeast areas of Los Angeles. 

Xóchitl is a current Member of the American Legion Post 77, the California Latino Capitol Association, the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, and the Woodland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1985.

Xóchitl’s priorities include, fiscal responsibility, public safety, housing, civic engagement, and the balanced growth and protection of downtown.

Angel Barajas, Council Member

To contact Angel Barajas email angel.barajas@cityofwoodland.org or click here
 
Angel Barajas was born in Woodland, California. His parents are Joe and Elvira Barajas, both farm workers who harvest the fields in Woodland and later worked in the factories. Angel attended Woodland public schools and graduated from Woodland High School in 2000. Angel was a first generation college student who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government, from Sacramento State University and a Masters in Public Administration, at the University of Southern California (USC). 

Upon graduating from college in 2006, Angel's original plan was to return to his beloved community of Woodland. He became an Assistant Deputy to a Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. In 2007, Angel was appointed Commissioner to the Parks & Recreation Commission and in 2009, he served as Chairman. Furthermore, Angel was elected to serve on the Woodland Joint Unified School District as a School Board Member 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. 

Angel is currently serving on the Youth Gang Reduction Intervention Program (YGRIP), Homelessness, Economic Development, Flood, and Infrastructure committees. He is a strong proponent in supporting Woodland’s downtown revitalizing efforts, living in an efficient and sustainable community, proving opportunities to the youth, increasing public safety, achieving balanced growth, supporting 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, educational, and social prosperity. We will continue to work with community residents, nonprofits, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and other service providers to make this happen.” -Angel Barajas

Marlin H. "Skip" Davies, Council Member

To contact Skip Davies email skip.davies@cityofwoodland.org or click here.

Marlin “Skip” Davies and his family have resided in Woodland since 1966. Skip completed high school in Marysville, California, received his Bachelors degrees from the University of California at Davis, Master of Arts from California State University Sacramento and Ed. D. from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Skip completed his career in education after serving in numerous roles as a teacher and administrator for forty two years. After moving to Woodland he taught and coached at Woodland High School (1966-69), served as Principal of Douglass Junior High School (1971-83) and joined the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento in the fall of 1983. While with the Los Rios District (1983-2004) Skip was appointed to numerous administrative positions which included Dean assignments with Cosumnes River College, President of the Folsom Lake College Centers, and the Deputy Chancellor for the Los Rios Community College District. In addition Skip also served at the State level as Vice Chancellor in the California Community Colleges system office.

In addition to the professional life, Skip has had the opportunity to serve in numerous volunteer positions, serving on the Woodland Parks and Recreation Commission for approximately ten years, president of the Woodland Swim Team Boosters, served on the Boards with the YMCA and the Sheltered Workshop, coordinated the construction of the Woodland High School Weight Room and the Auxiliary Building at the Chuck Brooks Swim Center in Woodland. Skip also served in significant roles with the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation in the City of Folsom.

Skip has received local recognition for his efforts in the Woodland Community receiving the City of Woodland's Community Service Award, the Yolo County Champion Award, the Yolo County Educator of the Year recognition, and induction into the Woodland Athletic Hall of Fame.

Currently, he enjoys having his entire immediate family residing in Yolo County which includes his wife of fifty years, Juliann, their three daughters, son in laws and five grandchildren. Being retired he has the time and opportunity to focus on both his family and his community. 

Tom Stallard, Council Member

To contact Tom Stallard email tom.stallard@cityofwoodland.org or click here.

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.

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.

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