Vice Mayor Mark Landman, a firefighter with the Novato Fire Protection District since 1975, moved with his wife Jan and their daughters Leigh and Lauren to Cotati in 1987. After being promoted to fire captain in 1999, he retired in 2004.
After retirement, Mark became involved with the Obama campaign in 2008, traveling to Colorado where he worked as a volunteer. Returning home, he found Cotati embroiled in a recall campaign. Asked to sign the recall petition, and being aware of the history of the matter, he not only signed but offered to help the campaign.
After the recall’s success, Cotati’s mayor had to relocate due to a new job, leaving a city council seat open. After being encouraged by numerous groups, Mark applied for the open position. A competitive process was held, and Mark was selected for appointment in November 2009.
Landman was next elected to a full four-year term in 2010, re-elected to a second four-year term in 2014 and re-elected to a third four-year term in 2018.
During his time on the council, he has worked to establish neighborhood police patrols to reduce speeding, stopped out-of-town trucks from using the downtown and local neighborhoods as shortcuts, supported balanced budgets for over a decade, brought about the renovation of Cotati’s Rose Garden and through his leadership on Measure G and Measure S protected Cotati’s independence and local police department.
Mark is a founding board member of Sonoma Clean Power, where he has served as chair twice. Mark served as chair of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority in 2019, cutting the ribbon for the long-awaited expansion of Highway 101 and helping craft Measure DD.
Landman also served as Chair of the Russian River Watershed Association, where he led a countywide effort to bring about a safe medicine plan to remove unused pills from our watershed.
Mark has also served as Chair of the Sonoma County Mayor’s and Councilmember’s Legislative Committee and is a LAFCO commissioner.
In 2015, Mark was selected as Cotati’s “Citizen of the Year.”