Department of Emergency Management Sonoma County

Emergency Council


Ordinance No. 1593; amended by Ordinances 1720, 3552 and 4628


To study, revise and recommend to the Board of Supervisors for adoption the Sonoma County Emergency Plan. Additionally, the council reviews and recommends action upon all proposed mutual aid agreements with the United States, State of California, other political subdivisions, corporations, and groups or individuals.

The Emergency Council also reviews and recommends the adoption of such ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement the County Emergency Plan or other mutual aid agreement entered into pursuant to such plan.

Membership Term

One year.

Meeting Schedule

The Emergency Council meets at least semi-annually, the location of the meeting varies.

At this time, there are no meetings scheduled. 

Membership Composition

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Emergency Services Director, Fire and Emergency Services Director, Sonoma County Sheriff, General Services Dept Director, Information Services (Communications) Dept Director, Health Services Dept Director, Human Resources Dept Director, Human Services Dept, Permit & Resource Management Dept Director, Transportation & Public Works Dept Director, Sonoma County Water Agency, Coastal Valleys EMS Agency; nine city/town members: one from each incorporated city within Sonoma County appointed annually by the respective city council; public utilities; one representative of public schools in the County appointed by County Superintendent of Schools; one member at large, American Red Cross, California National Guard, United States Coast Guard, CAL FIRE, California Office of Emergency Services, California Highway Patrol, Santa Rosa Junior College District, and Sonoma State University.
33 Members: 2 Current Vacancies
RepresentingMember NameAppointment
American Red CrossJames Cooper
At Large MemberVacantVacant
CAL FIREChief Ben Nicholls
California Highway PatrolCapt. Aristotle Wolfe
California National GuardMajor Adam Rix
California Office of Emergency ServicesSarah Finnigan
Chair of Board of SupervisorsSupervisor David Rabbitt
City of CloverdaleChief Jason Jenkins
City of CotatiChief Michael Parish
City of HealdsburgChief Jason Boaz
City of PetalumaChief Jeff Schach
City of Rohnert ParkChief Tim Mattos
City of Santa RosaNeil Bregman
City of SebastopolChief Bill Braga
City of SonomaStephen Akre
Coastal Valleys EMS AgencyBryan Cleaver
County SheriffSheriff Mark Essick
Department of Emergency ManagementChristopher Godley
Emergency Services DirectorSheryl Bratton
General Services Dept DirectorCaroline Judy
Health Services Dept DirectorBarbie Robinson
Human Resources Dept DirectorChristina Cramer
Human Services DeptKaren Fies
Information Services Dept DirectorJohn Hartwig
Permits and Resource Mgmt Dept DirectorTennis Wick
Public SchoolsErin Tarkanian
Public UtilitiesVacantVacant
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeRobin McHale
Sonoma County Water AgencyGrant Davis
Sonoma State UniversityMissy Brunetta
Town of WindsorChief Matt Gustafson
Transportation and Public Works DeptJohannes Hoevertsz
US Coast Guard Two RockSteve Countouriotis

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Contact Information

Christopher Godley, Director
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377

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