Sarah Gurney

City of Sebastopol

Director Gurney represents the City of Sebastopol and has been on the Board of Directors since 2008. Prior to joining the Sebastopol City Council in 2004, Gurney was appointed to the City’s Planning Commission and, earlier, to the Parks and Recreation Commission. During eleven-plus years in office, she has served two terms as Vice Mayor and three terms as Mayor. She is the first woman to be the Mayor for two consecutive years and only the second person in recorded history to do so. In 2010, Mayor Gurney secured Sebastopol’s designation as a “Slow City” with the international organization, Cittaslow. Her current responsibilities include Pine Grove Square Sub-Committee, Library/City Hall Landscape Sub-Committee, Water Sub-Committee, and Community Impact Report Sub-Committee.

She served as Chair of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority from 2014-2015 and serves as Sebastopol’s delegate to Health Action. Statewide, she serves as Alternate to the California Coastal Commission for the North Central Coast (Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco Counties).

A Sebastopol resident since 1978, Gurney is a mediator and collaborative attorney with 25 years’ experience in Sonoma County.