Diane J. Martinez, a lifelong resident of Paramount, has been a member of the City Council since 1994. She is currently serving her fifth term as the City's 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 has been a full-time elementary school teacher since 1985 in the communities of Lynwood, Inglewood, and Pico Rivera, and has served as an acting principal, vice principal, and reading specialist, as well as in other supervisory roles.
Martinez serves as Immediate Past President of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA), which represents 67 member cities that depend on contracts and collaboration between governments to deliver services to residents. She is the City's representative for the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County and the L.A. County City Selection Committee. She is also a member of the Paramount Sister City Committee and the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee.
In her spare time, Martinez enjoys playing golf. She is a longtime member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount.
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 as well as 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 40-year member of the local Elks Lodge, former president of the Rotary Club and 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 is currently serving his second term as Vice Mayor.
Hansen is also a member of the Central Basin Water Association, the Southeast Water Coalition Joint Powers Authority, and is the City's representative for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
With wife Vivian, a longtime member of the Paramount Board of Education, Hansen has three children: Todd, Chad and Amanda.
Gene Daniels has been a member of the Paramount City Council since 1997. He has served as the City's Mayor four times.
Daniels previously spent seven years on the City's Planning Commission. The retired real estate appraiser was president of the Golden State Mobile Home League for nine years. He is a regional council representative for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). He is also the City's representative for the California Contract Cities Association, the League of California Cities, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
In addition, Daniels serves on the Board of Directors, the Transportation Committee, the I-710 Oversight Policy Committee, the Orangeline Development Authority, and the SR-91/I-605 Corridor Needs Assessment Study of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, an organization comprising 27 southeast Los Angeles County municipalities aimed at promoting economic growth and undertaking long-range planning in the region.
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 its roots in the City's former days as a leading dairy center.
Hofmeyer served on the City's Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Planning commissions, and was elected to the City Council in 2003. He has been the City's Mayor for two terms. He is also a member of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority Board.
Peggy Lemons has been a member of the Paramount City Council since 1997. She previously sat on the City's 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, Paramount Unified School District, and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce that stresses the connection between continuing education and future economic success. She is also a member of the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority Board, the County Sanitation Districts of L. A. County and the League of California Cities Selection Committee.
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.
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