Mayor & City Council
The Mayor and City Council serve as the governing body over city administration providing direction to City staff on policies that aim to ensure for responsiveness, effective and high quality service delivery to our residents. For 12 months of the year (with only two small breaks in the summer and winter), the Mayor and City Council manage the City's legislative agenda, ultimately setting City Council local municipal policies, passing local ordinances, voting on funding appropriations and developing an overall vision for the City. In Union City, the city council is elected at large, meaning that they represent the entire community, rather than just representing the districts where they live.
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Meet Your Mayor & City Council
- Mayor Dutra-Vernaci
- Councilmember Duncan
- Councilmember Ellis
- Vice Mayor Gacoscos
- Councilmember Singh
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci is a lifetime Union City resident who has worked for the last 30 years as an income-tax professional in our community. Starting in 1988, warmly known as Mayor Carol, she got her civic start serving on the Redevelopment Advisory Committee and Planning Commission until she was elected to City Council in 1997. After 13 years as a City Councilmember, she was elected mayor in 2012, where she is currently serving her second term. Her current roles as Mayor include:
Executive Committee of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (serving on the Legislation and Advocacy Committee)
- Board member of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority
- Member of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (chairing the Program and Projects Committee)
- Member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (serving as Vice Chair on the Programs and Allocation Committee)
Councilmember Emily Duncan
Councilmember Emily Duncan was first elected to the City of Union City Council in 2010. She has been a resident of Union City for over 30 years and cares deeply about its well-being and future success. Prior to joining the Council, Emily was an executive at a major technology company in Silicon Valley.
Councilmember Duncan was reelected to her second term November 2014 which she is currently serving. She represents Union City on the following Commissions and Committees:
- Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alt)
- Association of Bay Area Governments, Delegate
- Union City Economic Development Advisory Team, Co-Chair
- Union City General Plan Advisory Committee
- Union City Municipal Code Update Committee
- Union City Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Committee
- Union City Chamber of commerce (Alt)
- New Haven Unified School District Joint Sub-Committee
Councilmember Duncan’s priorities are economic development, public safety, youth violence prevention and effective fiscal management.
She continues to be honored to serve the residents of Union City.
Vice Mayor Gacoscos
Pat D. Gacoscos was first elected to the Union City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She was Vice Mayor in 2012 and 2017. Previously, she held two elective positions: a Trustee for the New Haven Unified School District; and a Director for the Union Sanitary District.
She is Union City representative to Alameda County Housing and Library commissions; liaison to City/School Partnership Committee and Union City Chamber of Commerce. She chairs the Union City Sister Cities committee.
Councilmember Gary Singh
Gary Singh was first elected to the Union City Council in 2016. Previously, he was a member of the Union City Planning Commission, from 2006 to 2014. Gary is a small business owner and has been a member of the community for over 25 years.
Gary has been an active Board Member of the Union City Friends of Sister Cities, 2010-Present. He was also a member of the Union City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 2009-2011. Gary is also active in many other charitable organizations, including the Union City Youth and Family Services (UCYFS) and Alameda County At Risk Youth Program.