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Jason Fouyer - Council Member
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Jason Fouyer was re-elected to the City Council on November 4, 2014 and served as Mayor from December 9, 2014 to December 13, 2016. Previous to his appointment to Mayor he was Vice Mayor, a past Chair of the Planning Commission and was seated on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Currently Jason sits on the Nevada County Transportation Commission, is the Liaison to the Grass Valley Down Town Association, Liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission, and is on the Board of the EDBG/ Business Advisory Board.

Jason is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Fine Arts, Certified Land Use and Environmental Planner through UC Davis Extension, and is graduate of the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute. Jason is the Chief Operations Officer for Cranmer Engineering Inc.

Jason is married to his wife Tamara and together they are raising their children Liliana (6) and Austin (4). In his spare time he enjoys fishing, camping, and time with his family.

Council Member Fouyer's current term ends December 11, 2018

Jan Arbuckle - Council Member
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I was born and raised in Southern California, relocated to Sacramento in 1975.

I retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department after 18 years, where I served the community as a Deputy Sheriff and still function as a Reserve Deputy coordinating their PEER Support Program.

With a desire to serve my community, I served on the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury for two consecutive terms giving me a crash course in how local government operates and pressing community issues such as public safety, homelessness and drug addiction. In February 2007, I was appointed to the Grass Valley City Council.

In November 2008 I was elected to a four year term on the City Council and was honored to have been elected Mayor by my fellow Council Members in December of 2010.

Council Member Arbuckle's term ends on December 13, 2016

Howard Levine - Mayor
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Howard Levine was elected to City Council in 2012 and appointed to office on August 23, 2016 and appointed Mayor on December 13, 2016. His additional current City Appointments are to LAFCO, SEDCorp, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Solid and Hazardous Waste Committee.

Howard has served on the Grass Valley Planning Commission for 10 years and was the Executive Director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association for 13 years, bringing economic improvement to the downtown core.

As both an artist and business-person, Howard has a keen interest in the balance of Economic Development and Cultural requirements in our community. He is an instructor at Sierra College NCC and has own and operated the Swan Levine House for 40 years plus.

Mayor Levine's term ends on December 8, 2020

Lisa Swarthout - Vice Mayor
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Lisa Swarthout was elected to her first term on the Grass Valley City Council in November of 2004. She was appointed to Council on August 23, 2016 and  and appointed Vice Mayor on December 13, 2016. Previous to her elected position she spent nine years on the Grass Valley Planning Commission.

Some of Lisa's duties on the City Council have included:
-Liaison to the City Park and Rec Commission
-Liaison with the Grass Valley Downtown Association
-Member of the City's budget committee

Lisa is also the Past Chairman of the Grass Valley Downtown Association, and past Chairman of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council. She has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations in our community including: the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, The Friendship Club, Silver Springs Foundation and Soroptimist International of Grass Valley.

Lisa received her BA in Communications from CSU Chico, and is the owner of Mill Street Clothing Company in Downtown Grass Valley . She celebrated the 20th Anniversary of her business in 2009.

Council Member Swarthout's term ends on December 8, 2020.

Ben AguilarBen Aguilar - Council Member
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Benjamin Aguilar was appointed to the City Council March 10th 2015.  His current city appointments are the Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission. 

Ben, was born and raised in Grass Valley, has served 4 years on the Grass Valley Planning Commission, serving as the Chair in 2013.  Ben is currently enrolled in the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute. 

Ben is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and manages the local family business A&A Air Conditioning Heating & Sheet Metal, which has been operating for 55 years. 

Ben and his wife Allie enjoy volunteering for many local non-profits, and when there is time Ben enjoys playing golf, hiking and Barbequing.

Ben Aguilar's term will end on December 11, 2018.

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