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Callinan receives RP mayor gavel

By: Irene Hilsendager
December 27, 2019

In 1959, a male child was born in the Petaluma Hospital who never thought he would enter a world of politics in his later years. The Callinans were one of the first families to move into the new city of Rohnert Park. Joe attended John Reed Elementary, Rohnert Park Junior High School and graduated from Rancho Cotate High School.

Joe just recently celebrated 39 years of a blissful marriage with wife Janet. To this union five children were born; Joe, Jordan, Jesse, Johnny and Jenna. There are 12 grandchildren with another one on the way in May and all ranging in age from 10 years down to two months.

On Dec. 10 Joe took on another year of mayorship when the Rohnert Park Council rotated chairs for the new year.

Callinan has certain goals for 2020. He wants to work with the Laulima developers and try to get the downtown (old State Farm property) developed. How about a skate park, a water feature and put Alicia Park back to normalcy with a pool that was demolished years ago? Joe is also set to address and start a committee for the homeless situation in Rohnert Park.

When asked how he feels about the new districting change, he said, “I will represent the entire city as well as those in my district.” Joe says, “I certainly do not appreciate that an out of town attorney can sue cities and make $30,000 instantly, but all cities in California have their hands tied so he will have to agree to comply with districting.”

Joe’s council seat is up for re-election in 2020 and right now he will serve his year and have Jake Mackenzie as vice mayor. 

Callinan is extremely proud of the fact that his father, Pete Callinan, was the first mayor of Rohnert Park in 1962 and went on to become Rohnert Park’s City Manager from 1963 to 1990. Pete originally hails from New Jersey and while serving in the military was transferred from Alaska to Travis Air Force Base and met a beautiful young lady, from Novato, named Greta who became Joe’s mother.