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 Town of Paradise 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
Scott Lotter was elected by his fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor for a one-year term ending December 12, 2017.
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.
Jody Jones was elected by her fellow Council Members to serve as Vice Mayor for a one-year term ending December 12, 2017.
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.
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.
Mr. Bolin was first elected to a four-year term of office on the Paradise Town Council on November 6, 2012 and was re-elected on November 8, 2016 to serve a second term of office. 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".
Melissa Schuster was elected to a 4-year term on the Town Council on November 8, 2016. She was appointed by the President of the Sacramento Valley Division of the League of California Cities to serve as the 2nd Region Representative. She was also selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the newly formed Butte County Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).
Melissa moved to Paradise in 2001 to provide a safer and better educational environment for her son, who, after graduating from Paradise High School, began a career with the United States Air Force.
In 2005, Melissa and Cliff Jacobson opened a bed and breakfast, Chapelle de L’Artiste. Over the years, they have hosted numerous fundraisers for local organizations such as the Paradise Symphony Orchestra, KZFR Community Radio, Butte Humane Society, Boys and Girls Club, the Concours de la Chapelle Classic European Car Show, and Chico State.
After opening Chapelle, she discovered a passion for tourism and continues to see that as a viable resource for Paradise’s economic development. She served on the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and as its President in 2009. She has received recognition for her work in promoting Paradise from our Congressman, Senator, Assemblyman and the Chamber of Commerce among other, local organizations.
Melissa and Cliff have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Melissa is passionate about working hard to create a safe, vibrant, healthy community that we can all be proud to call “home.”
Mike Zuccolillo was elected to a four-year term on the Town Council on November 8, 2016. Prior to the that he also served on the Planning Commission, ending his term as Chair of the Committee. Besides his public service with the Town he is active with the Paradise Elks Lodge where he served as Exalted Ruler in 2014-2015 and currently is Chairman of the Paradise Parade of Flags & Board Member with the Paradise Association of Realtors.
Mike and his family have lived in Paradise for nearly a decade, married to his wife Stacey and proud parent to Vincent, Aubrey & Aubree. Mike is a local real estate broker and operates his office Simplistic Realty right here in Downtown Paradise. His past experience in development serves as an asset for fostering smart growth while preserving Paradise’s small town way of life. Councilmember Mike currently serves on the Water Advisory Committee, OnSite Adhoc Committee, Paradise Solid Waste Committee and is Liaison to the Paradise Irrigation District and the Paradise Recreation and Park District.
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.