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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.

Mayor Barry Brickner
Barry Brickner

Barry Brickner, the current Mayor of Farmington Hills, was elected in November 2011 and again in 2013.

Mayor Brickner was first elected to City Council in 1999, and re-elected to Council in 2003 and 2007. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2001 and 2007. Prior to his Council election, he served for four years on the Planning Commission. He is currently on the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and is Chairman of the Board of Southwest Oakland Cable Commission. He is a member of the Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority and serves as the delegate to the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). He is a member of the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and the National League of Cities (NLC), where he is on the Information Technology and Communications Steering Committee. He is the council liaison to the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, where he was past Chair. Mayor Brickner is on the Board of Directors for the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. He participates annually in the River Day event and Rebuilding Together event.

A practicing attorney for over 37 years, Mayor Brickner has lived in Farmington Hills with his wife Cheryl for 30 years. They have two grown daughters, Kelly and Dr. Shawn.

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


Council Member Kenneth Massey
Kenneth Massey
Mayor Pro Tem

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 the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Botsford Hospital.

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

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

Mayor Pro Tem Randy Bruce
Randy Bruce
Council Member

Randy Bruce was first elected to the City Council in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He has also served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2005 and 2009 and 2014. He is the Council liaison to the Commission for Energy and Environmental Sustainability and the Farmington Area Arts Commission, and is also a member of the 47th District Court Sobriety Court Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Human Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities (NLC) from 2003 until 2010, and was chair of this committee in 2010. He was a co-founder of the Suicide Prevention Committee 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), where he served as secretary, vice-chair, and chairman. He is past president of the Forestbrook/Pebblebrook Homeowners Association and was previously elected as a precinct delegate.

Randy has B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from Wayne State University. He is currently a staff neuropsychologist and board certified rehabilitation psychologist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit, and also has a private practice in Walled Lake. He is a 27 year resident of the City and has a daughter, Gina.

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

Mayor Pro Tem Richard Lerner
Richard Lerner
Council Member

Richard Lerner was elected to City Council in 2011. Prior to joining City Council, he served on the Farmington Hills Parks and Recreation Commission. He is passionate about volunteering and serving the community. Richard has been a scout leader, a soccer coach, an organizer of the middle school ski club, and served on Farmington Public Schools Advocates for Excellence in Education committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Farmington-Farmington Hills Optimist Club and the Xemplar Club of Farmington and Farmington Hills. He is a past President, Treasurer and current Director of the Quaker Valley Farms Association, Vice President of the Farmington Area Inter-Agency Council, and webmaster for the Farmington Area Goodfellows. He is the City Council Liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Committee to Increase Voter Participation.

Richard is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University, with a B.A. degree 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 including Web Presence Design and Management. He and his wife Maureen have two children enrolled in Farmington Public Schools.

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

Council Member Michael Bridges
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

Council Membrt Valerie Knol
Valerie Knol
Council Member

Valerie Knol was elected to City Council in 2013. Prior to her election, she served on the Beautification Commission. Additionally, she served on the City Council of the City of Farmington for eight years and served as Mayor of the City of Farmington from 2007-09.

A longtime activist in our community, Valerie 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 is also committed to our region, having been appointed to the Oakland County Zoological Authority

Valerie is currently a senior staff member of the Michigan House of Representatives and previously worked in a management capacity in the auto industry. Valerie received a B.S. from Western Michigan University and a Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is married and has a stepson and a daughter.

Contact Valerie via email or (248) 871-2500

Samantha Steckloff
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


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