This page provides information on the Town's elected Council Members as well as links to various information filed by the elected officials and candidates. A link to the Town's budget is included in the next paragraph. Links to financial/campaign disclosures for officeholders and candidates can be found on this page below the Council Member biographies. If you have any questions, contact Joanna Gutierrez, Town Clerk, at 530-872-6291 ext. 101.
The Paradise Town Council is the chief policy making body for the Town of Paradise. In that role, they establish priorities, set policy, and adopt programs. Approving the annual Town budget is one of the Council's most crucial and sweeping responsibilities. Click here to view the 2013-2014 Town of Paradise Final Budget.
The Paradise Town Council is comprised of five members elected at large by the community to four-year staggered terms of office. See biographies below of the current Town Council Members. Council elections occur in even numbered years and depending on the year submit two or three seats to the voters. At the December Council Meeting, the Town Council selects two of its members to serve one-year terms as Mayor and Vice Mayor. The Mayor presides over the Town Council meetings and is responsible for maintaining order. The Mayor serves as the Council's ambassador and executes official Council approved documents: agreements, contracts, ordinances and resolutions.
PARADISE TOWN COUNCIL MEMBERS
GREG BOLIN, Mayor
Greg Bolin was elected by his fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor for a one-year term ending December 8, 2015.
Mr. Bolin was elected to a four-year term of office on the Paradise Town Council on November 6, 2012. Greg also served as a Paradise Planning Commissioner, first appointed to a four-year term on July 15, 2008 and to a second term on June 15, 2012.
Greg is a 46-year resident of Paradise, graduated from Paradise High School, married Kathleen and raised four children, and is a proud grandfather of five. Mr. Bolin owns and operates a local construction company and serves the community through participation in numerous philanthropic ventures such as the Paradise Alliance Church program, "Kingdom Builders".
JODY JONES, Vice Mayor
Jody Jones was elected by her fellow Council Members to serve as Vice Mayor for a one-year term ending December 8, 2015.
Ms. Jones was appointed to the Paradise Town Council on January 16, 2014 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Tim Titus and was elected to a four-year term on the Town Council on November 4, 2014. Jody has been a resident of Paradise for 10 years. She has served on the Paradise Planning Commission for three years and was the Chair in 2013.
Vice Mayor Jones is recently retired from Caltrans District 3 Director position, where she was responsible for Planning, Traffic Operations, Maintenance and the development of new projects in eleven counties. Jody's husband, Ron, owns a Farmers Insurance Agency in Paradise. They have five grown children and 11 grandchildren with #12 on the way. Jody is active at Ridge Presbyterian Church and enjoys gardening, knitting, hiking and target shooting.
STEVE "WOODY" CULLETON, Council Member
Steve "Woody" Culleton is currently serving a third term of office, first elected November 2, 2004, re-elected on November 4, 2008, and again on November 6, 2012. Woody has served as Mayor and Vice Mayor more than a couple of times. His pledge to the citizens has been, "To ask the tough questions and tell the truth."
Woody Culleton has lived in Paradise for over thirty years with his wife Maureen and is an avid supporter of various youth groups and nonprofit organizations, Paradise Boys and Girls Club, Gold Nugget Museum, and the Paradise Performing Art Center (PPAC) to name a few. He is also involved with the League of California Cities as an officer and immediate Past President of the Sacramento Valley Division representing 58 cities in 18 counties. He also serves on the League's Employee Relations Policy Committee. Woody volunteers with many community service groups and is always ready to lend a hand when asked to help with a project.
SCOTT LOTTER, Council Member
Scott Lotter was re-elected to a four-year term on the Town Council on November 4, 2014.
Mr. Lotter was appointed to the Town Council on April 9, 2002 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of C. L. "Lew" Hubb and was elected to his first four-year term on November 5, 2002, and was re-elected on November 7, 2006; November 2, 2010; and, on November 4, 2014.
Scott and his family are 16-year residents of Paradise and own and operate Paradise Cinema Seven movie complex. Scott actively supports youth activities, hosts community events at the theatre and is passionate in maintaining high public safety standards for our community. Council Member Lotter serves on the League of California Cities Public Safety Policy Committee, the Butte County Local Area Formation Committee (LAfCo) Board of Directors, and on local waste management advisory committees.
JOHN J. RAWLINGS, Council Member
John J. Rawlings was elected to a four-year term of office on the Town Council on November 6, 2012.
Mr. Rawlings was born in Norfolk, Virginia, educated in the Norfolk Public School System and graduated from Tidewater Community College, Cum Laude, with a degree in Police Science (Criminal Justice). John served six years active duty with the U. S. Army after which he returned home and worked for Virginia Electric and Power Company. He then started a 30-year career with Norfolk City with 18 of those years in the Police Department. He retired in 1998 and moved to Paradise where he made his home. Paradise is also where he met and married his wonderful wife Priscilla Rawlings.
Council Member Rawlings is a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). John is a member of Paradise VFW Post 2039. John also serves on the Board of Directors Paradise Branch 52 for Sons in Retirement recently completing a two-year term as the Big SIR. John and Priscilla are members of the Paradise Christian Missionary Alliance Church where they volunteer as greeters and as instructor mentors teaching children about the Bible in the Children's Ministry Program.
On January 9, 2013, Council Member Rawlings received a presidential appoinment to the League of California Cities (LCC) Employee Relations Policy Committee. John has volunteered to serve on an LCC Ad Hoc Committee to review and rewrite policy. On January 24, 2014, John was awarded a certificate of completion for his participation in a three-day LCC Mayor/Council Member Leadership Academy.
During his first year on the Council, John served as alternate representative to the Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG) and the Butte County Air Quality Management District (BCAQMD) Boards and attended as primary for a majority of the meetings on behalf of Mayor Titus. John continues to serve as the alternate representative for each of these boards.
Council Member Rawlings campaigned to improve services and access to the community's Animal Control/Shelter services. As a result of his campaign initiative, an Animal Control Sustainability Committee was established and many of the committee's goals have been met regarding public access and public health and safety. The committee is an ongoing process that is continuing to work towards improving these services.
Officeholders and candidates for local office are required by California law to disclose certain financial information to the public. This is accomplished by reporting on forms approved by the California Fair Political Practices Commission and filing with the Town Clerk, the local filing officer. The information may also be forwarded to the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The FPPC posts all Forms 700, Statements of Economic Interest, on their website. The public may view these forms at www.fppc.ca.gov. by clicking on the Form 700 link and click on this link: To view Form 700s (SEIs) filed by elected officials.
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