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Mayor, Hank Russell
Hank was elected to the Sonora City Council on July 1, 2002.  He retired from a management position with Kaiser Permanente, and with his wife Tracy bought an old historic house near downtown Sonora.

Hank has a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration, and an MBA.  Before joining Kaiser he was a management consultant, working in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.  He says, "our City has an excellent manager, staff and council. I do believe that property rights need to be respected, that the City should be able to explain clearly to its citizens where the money goes, and that government should tread lightly.”

He served two years as president of the local SCORE chapter, is on the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the Sierra Conservation Center, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the City's Parking and Traffic Commission, as well as the Finance, Personnel, and the Community Development Committees.  

You can contact Hank Russell by phone at (209) 533-8860 or email at:

Mayor Pro-Tem, Matt Hawkins

You can contact Matt Hawkins by phone at (209) 206-0976 or email at:



Council Member, Bill Canning

Bill has been a member of the Sonora City Council since September 2005.  He has resided in the Sonora area since the late 1970’s.  Bill is the Owner of C & N Construction which specializes in commercial construction in California, Nevada and Oregon.

“I believe we need to preserve our past for future generations while enriching our present by providing a safe and friendly environment for all.  In addition, we need to plan for our future while never forgetting our rootsDowntown Sonora should be seen as a community that welcomes visitors while at the same time provides a safe environmental for all citizens.  I believe monies should be used to enhance our city while at the same time saving historical value and providing fire and police protection for the citizens of Sonora.  In addition, the City needs to plan for enviable future growth with a definite plan in mind in order to preserve the integrity of the City.”

You can reach Bill Canning by phone at (209) 536-6240 or by email at:

Council Member, Ron Stearn

Ron Stearn has been on the Sonora City Council since 1964 and has lived in the community for more than half a century. Prior to his retirement, he had a lifelong career in retail hardware.

Ron is pictured in front of St. James Episcopal Church, known all over the world as the "The Red Church of Sonora."

You can contact Ron Stearn by phone at (209) 532-4608, or by email at:


Council Member, Connie Williams






You can contact Connie Williams by phone at (209) 499-5039
or by email at:

The City Council meets the first and third Monday of every month at 5:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers at 94 N. Washington Street. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings are also broadcast on Cable Access Channel 8 at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Communication with the Council members may be done through the City Administration Office. (The City Administration Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays)

Code of Ethics

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Fair Political Practices Commission Compliance (FPPC) - Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests)


City of Sonora
94 N. Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209) 532-4541
Fax: (209) 532-2739

















City of Sonora
94 N. Washington Street
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532-4541 Phone
(209) 532-2738 Fax