Incoming First District County Supervisor Susan Gorin has hired Cotati City Councilwoman Pat Gilardi as her district director. Gilardi will be the sole staff person for the Supervisor's office, responsible for constituent services, scheduling and representing Gorin throughout the community when the Supervisor is unavailable. She starts Jan. 28 and will resign from the city council before taking the new position.
Gilardi has been on the Cotati council since 2000 and has served as mayor and vice mayor. She has been a director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority, according to the city's website.
"Beyond being a policy expert, she also brings private sector experience and understands the challenges facing the community,” Gorin stated in a news release.
Gilardi has worked for the Marin Independent Journal since 1987 managing advertising sales. She also has held positions in many civic and non-profit groups including:
- Co-founder of Cotati 4-H;
- Former Executive Board Officer of Sonoma County 4-H;
- Former member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Accordion Festival;
- Former two-term Parent Teacher Association President in the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District;
- Former three-year member of Cotati’s Planning Commission including one year as Chair;
- Cotati Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2006.
Gilardi grew up in Marin County where she attended local schools including College of Marin where her focus was on Journalism. She married West Marin native Ed Gilardi in 1983, according to Gorin's news release. After living on the family dairy ranch for a short time, the couple moved to Sonoma County in 1984. They have two adult children, Marissa and Anthony.
Gilardi's annual salary will be $73,008 annually and she will be Gorin's at-will employee. She may be reached at (707) 565-3752 or via email at Pat.Gilardi@Sonoma-County.org
The First District of Sonoma County encompasses the cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma as well as unincorporated areas as far south as San Pablo Bay and east to the Napa County border.