Peggy Lemons has been a member of the Paramount City Council since 1997. She is currently serving her fifth term as the City's Mayor.
She previously sat on the Public Safety Commission, and was named Public Safety Person of the Year by the California State Legislature. In addition, she has received the Soroptomists' Woman of Distinction Award as well as the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club.
She is a member of the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee and was instrumental in launching the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), a collaboration between the City, the Paramount Unified School District, and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce that stresses the connection between continuing education and future economic success. She is also the City's representative for the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County and a member of the Gateway Cities/COG Board of Directors, the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority Board, and the L.A. County City Selection Committee.
Diane J. Martinez, a lifelong resident of Paramount, has been a member of the City Council since 1994. She has served as the City's Mayor for five terms and is currently serving her sixth term as Vice Mayor.
Martinez earned her Bachelor's degree in liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach. She went on to earn a teaching credential in multiple subjects, a preliminary credential in education administration, and a Master's degree in education administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a full-time elementary school teacher in the El Rancho Unified School District.
Martinez is the City's representative for the California Contract Cities Association, the League of California Cities, and the Southern California Association of Governments, and a member of the Gateway Cities/COG SR-91/I-605/I-405 Corridor Cities Committee, the Paramount Sister City Committee, the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee, the Paramount Women's Club, the Southern California Edison Advisory Board, and the St. Pius X/St. Pius Academy Advisory Board.
In her spare time, Martinez enjoys playing golf. She is a longtime member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount.
Laurie Guillen was elected to the Paramount City Council in 2017. She is a lifelong resident of the City, attended school in the Paramount Unified School District, graduated from Paramount High in 1983, and went on to study at Cerritos College and California State University, Fullerton. She has raised three children in her hometown - a doctor, a lawyer, and a deputy Sheriff.
Laurie joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1987 and is currently a sworn police officer. She has worked various assignments within the Department - patrol, narcotics, investigations, and administration. She has been a union delegate and a member of the PAC and Legal Committees of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. She has also been a law instructor for the Department.
In addition, Laurie has specific training and experience in conflict resolution, police litigation, and 3330 of the State of California Government Code.
Laurie volunteers for Veterans Affairs at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, is a philanthropist for Parkinson's disease, and a team coach for individuals with Parkinson's. She is currently a member of the Paramount/Tepic Sister Cities Association and the Paramount Women's Club.
In her spare time, she enjoys travel, creating art, art appreciation, hiking, and camping. She is also an environmental activist.
Tom Hansen was born in Fullerton, CA, in 1945 and moved to Paramount in 1949. He attended Paramount public schools, and went to Compton College and then Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA. He opened his chiropractic office in 1969 and moved to its current Paramount location in 1972.
Hansen has long been involved in the Paramount community as a 49-year member of the local Elks Lodge, former president of the Rotary Club, and former member of the board of directors of the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. He served on the City's Parks and Recreation Commission in the early 1970s and was named to the Planning Commission in 1996. He was elected to the City Council in 2007 and has served two terms as Mayor.
Hansen is also the City's representative for the Central Basin Water Association, the Southeast Water Coalition Joint Powers Authority, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, and a member of the Gateway Cities/COG I-710 Project Committee and the Community, Economic, and Human Development Committee of the Southern California Association of Governments.
With wife Vivian, a longtime member of the Paramount Board of Education, Hansen has three children: Todd, Chad and Amanda.
Daryl Hofmeyer, a native of Primghar, IA, moved to California after serving with the Marines in the late 1950s and settled in Paramount. He is the owner of Romberg Milling and Paramount Cubing, one of the last businesses in town with roots in the City's former days as a leading dairy center.
Hofmeyer was elected to the City Council in 2003 and has served three terms as the City's Mayor. He previously served on the Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Planning commissions. He is also the City's representative for Eco Rapid Transit and a member of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority Board.
The governing body for the City of Paramount consists of 5 residents, elected at large. Each year, the elected Councilmembers elect one member to serve as mayor, and another member to serve as vice-mayor. Each member of the Council serves a 4-year term of office.
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectfully. If you cannot make it to a Paramount City Council meeting but would like your thoughts shared with the City Council, you can deliver a written statement to City Hall â€“ either dropped off or by mail â€“ to be received by noon the day of the meeting. You can also email your statement to the City by noon the day of the meeting. City Hall is located at 16400 Colorado Ave., Paramount, CA 90723. Email address is CRequest@paramountcity.com.
16400 Colorado Avenue
Paramount CA 90723
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