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
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
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
Mayor Pro Tem
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.
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.
email or (248) 871-2500.
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
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,
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
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
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 and 2010. 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
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
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
Ken and his wife Katherine are proud to call Farmington
Contact Ken via
or (248) 871-2500.
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 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