Sarah Glade Gurney, Councilmember

Sarah Glade Gurney, City Council Member

Contact Details

Email: sarahgurney.seb@gmail.com
Phone: 707-823-6500

Sarah moved to Sebastopol forty years ago with her husband Dan after searching for a place to raise a family. Both of them liked Sebastopol’s small town feel and proximity to hiking, cycling, and paddling. After serving as Postmaster of Duncans Mills and then attending law school from her Sebastopol home, Sarah started her legal career in Santa Rosa and became a partner in a downtown Santa Rosa law firm. In 2007 she moved her solo office to Sebastopol so she could live and work in the same town. She assisted families in transition resolve their legal disputes without going to court. In 2017, she retired from family law mediation. 
 
Sarah has served on the City Council since 2004. Originally appointed to fill a vacancy, she has won re-election for four terms.  
 
Prior to joining the City Council, Sarah was appointed to the Sebastopol General Plan Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, and Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women [Fifth District]. From this experience, she entered elected office.
 
During her years in office she has served four terms as Mayor and three as Vice Mayor, selected by her colleagues. She is the first woman to be the Mayor for two consecutive years and the second person in recorded history to do so. 
 
Currently she serves on several Sub Committees: Zero-Waste, Landscape,  Locals Who Make a Difference, Community Impact Report, Water, and Park Village. She represents Sebastopol on the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority. In this role, Sarah has focused on walking, cycling, and riding public transit. She co-founded the Sebastopol Walks Program, now in its twelfth year offering free docent-led walks to encourage pedestrians. After working to improve the route and performance of the Local Shuttle Bus #24, Sarah secured the County's first electric bus for Sebastopol. She then advocated for the #24 to be free. Following Sebastopol's lead, five other routes are now free. Local ridership has increased, and the route now serves four schools in town.

​She has been the liaison to the Library Advisory Board, Sebastopol World Friends, Chamber of Commerce, Cittaslow and the Senior Center as well as on several sub-committees. 
 
Sarah was honored to be appointed by Senator Darrell Steinberg to serve two terms as the Alternate to the California Coastal Commission for the North Central Coast (representing Sonoma, Marin, and San Francisco Counties).

In 2012 Sonoma County Conservation Action recognized Sarah with its Upstream Swimmer Award for her leadership in managing Sebastopol's growth.