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Mayor and Council

The Farmington Hills City Council is made up of seven members -- all directly elected by the voters. Council members serve staggered four-year terms and the Mayor serves a two-year term. The Mayor is limited by City Charter to two two-year terms. The Mayor Pro Tem, who serves in the Mayor’s absence, is chosen by the Council members.

The Mayor and City Council members serve part-time. Under our City’s Council/Manager form of government, the City Council is responsible for policy-making, while the City Manager, who is appointed by City Council, is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City. When the City Council makes a decision on an ordinance or policy, the City Manager is responsible for implementing it.

You are invited to attend meetings of the City Council, which are held twice a month on Mondays unless canceled for a holiday or other reasons. Please check the Events Calendar.

Kenneth Massey, Mayor Pro Tem
Kenneth Massey

Ken Massey, the current Mayor of Farmington Hills, was elected in November 2015.  

Ken Massey is a lifelong resident of Farmington Hills. He was elected to City Council in November 2003. Ken served our community as Mayor Pro Tem in 2006, 2010 and 2015. He is a member, and past chair, of the Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission. Additionally, he is a founding member and chair of Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone). Ken advocates nationally for Farmington Hills as a member of the National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee and served as the organization’s chair in 2012. Ken previously represented residents and their interests as President and trustee of the Farmington Area Council of Homeowners Associations and remains active as a member of his subdivision's homeowner association board.

Ken attended Farmington Public Schools, graduating from North Farmington High School. Community involvement was important from an early age with his participation in civic groups and in scouting, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has also completed fellowships at the University of Arizona and the Michigan Hospital Association. Professionally, Ken is a biomedical scientist employed at Wayne State University. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Beaumont - Farmington Hills

Ken and his wife Katherine are proud to call Farmington Hills home.

Contact Ken via email or (248) 871-2500.

Richard Lerner, Mayor Pro-Tem
Richard Lerner
Mayor Pro Tem

Richard Lerner was first elected to City Council in 2011, and re-elected in 2015. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2012-13. Prior to joining City Council, he was a Commissioner for the Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation Commission. He is the City Council Liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Committee to Increase Voter Participation.

Richard is passionate about volunteering and serving the community. He has been a scout leader, a soccer coach, a founder of the Farmington Ski Club and the F2H Fit Challenge. He has previously served on the Farmington Public Schools Advocates for Excellence in Education Committee, and the Boards of Directors of the Optimist Club and Zieger Health Care Corporation, overseeing the expansion of Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Xemplar Club, is President and Chairman of the Farmington Area Goodfellows, and Vice President of the Farmington Area Inter-Agency Council. Richard is a past Chairman, President, Treasurer and currently on the Board of Directors of the Quaker Valley Farms Association. He is a member of Sons of the American Legion, Farmington-Farmington Hills Optimist Club, Farmington Area Interfaith Association, and a USSF soccer referee who frequently works at Founders Park and other Southeast Michigan soccer venues.

Richard is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University, with a B.A. in Economics. He worked for Alco Standard and Mead Corporation in various sales and management capacities in New York, Connecticut, and Michigan before starting his own business in 1993. He owns companies specializing in Business Process Optimization and Project Management Training and Consulting, and IT Support Services. He and his wife Maureen were married in 1995, and have two children currently attending Farmington Public Schools and Michigan State University.

Contact Richard at (248) 871-2500 or via email.

Randy Bruce, Council Member
Randy Bruce
Council Member

Randy Bruce was first elected to the City Council in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He has also served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2005, 2009 and 2014. He is the Council liaison to the Farmington Area Arts Commission, and was also a member of the 47th District Court Sobriety Court Advisory Committee. He is a 12-year member of the National League of Cities (NLC), and was a member of the Human Development Steering Committee of the NLC from 2003 until 2010 including one year as chairman in 2010. He was a co-founder of Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone) and the Intergovernmental Task Force with the City of Farmington and the Farmington School District. Before his election to Council, Randy was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for eight years, where he served as secretary, vice-chair, and chairman. He is past president of the Forestbrook/Pebblebrook Homeowners Association.

Randy earned B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. He is the owner of Aspire Rehabilitation Services based in Walled Lake. He is a 29-year resident of the City where he raised his daughter, Gina.

Contact Randy via email or (248) 871-2500.

Michael Bridges, Council Member
Michael Bridges
Council Member
Michael Bridges was elected to City Council in August 2008, November 2009, and again in November 2013. Prior to joining City Council, he served on the Farmington Area Commission on Aging, the Financial Strategies Committee for the Farmington Public Schools, Farmington PTA Council, the North Farmington West Bloomfield Youth Football League, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Crime Prevention Advisory Board.

He currently serves as a member of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and the National League of Cities (NLC) Policy Advocacy Committee - Intergovernmental Relations, Finance, and Administration.

He is also a Board member for the Farmington YMCA and Transit Riders United, a mass transit advocacy group. In addition, he is the City's alternate delegate to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and a member of its legislative policy group. Michael also serves as the Council liaison to the Commission on Children, Youth and Families.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Spring Arbor College. He and his wife Deborah have two children.

Contact Michael at (248) 871-2500 or email
Valerie Knol, Council Member
Valerie Knol
Council Member
Valerie Knol was elected to City Council in 2013 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2016. She is the Council liaison to the Historic District Commission, Historical Commission, and the Beautification Commission. Prior to her election to City Council, she served on the Beautification Commission. Additionally, she was on the Farmington City Council for eight years and served as Mayor of the City of Farmington from 2007-09.

A longtime activist in our community, Valerie has served on the Board of the Farmington Players Theatre, the American Association of University Women, the Farmington YMCA, and the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. She also currently serves on the Board of the Oakland County Zoological Authority.

Valerie is currently a Manager of State and Local Government Relations at FCA US LLC and previously worked as a senior staff member for the Michigan House of Representatives. Valerie received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Contact Valerie via email or (248) 871-2500
Samantha Steckloff, Council Member
Samantha Steckloff
Council Member

Samantha Steckloff brings a millennial’s perspective to homegrown leadership. A lifelong resident of Farmington Hills, she was elected to City Council in November 2013. Prior to her election, Samantha served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Commission on Children Youth and Families and the Committee to Increase Voter Participation. She also served as Miss Oakland County in 2003 and 2007.  As one of the first participants in the Farmington Hills After-School Program and charter member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, she has a long history of community service.

Samantha is a 2002 Harrison High School high honors graduate and a 2006 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Political Science. While at Purdue, Samantha was the Youth Coordinator for the City of West Lafayette, working throughout the state of Indiana implementing Youth Programs and Mayor’s Youth Councils.

Steckloff’s priorities on City Council are to maintain a quality of life that attracts newcomers to Farmington Hills when buying a home or starting a new business, and to address the needs of our growing senior population. She believes strongly in higher education and is the Enrollment Management Coordinator at Wayne State University.

Contact Samantha via email or (248) 871-2500

Theresa Rich, Council Member
Theresa Rich
Council Member

Theresa Rich was elected to City Council in 2015. She is also president of the Oakland Schools Board of Education. Theresa is a partner in RichLaw, PLLC, a Farmington Hills-based law firm, and a retiree from General Motors. She served 10 years on the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Children, Youth & Families, including seven years as the Allocations Chair. She served on the Committee to Increase Voter Participation, the Commission for Children, Youth & Families, and the Arts Commission. She also was on the Board of Directors for the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired, including two years as President. She was an active member of the Heritage Hills Homeowners Association, including two years as President. She is the Council Liaison to the Retirement Board, on the National League of Cities Community & Economic Development Council, and on the SEMCOG Policy Committee. Her term expires in 2019.

Contact Theresa via email or (248) 871-2500