City of Fort Bragg, Ca. - Meet the Council

Contact Information

All City Councilmembers can be contacted at:

Fort Bragg City Hall
416 N. Franklin Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Phone: 707-961-2823
Fax: 707-961-2802

Or via email:

Mayor Dave Turner

Mayor Turner was first elected to the City Council in November 2002 and was re-elected in November 2006 and 2010.

Dave was born in Fort Bragg at the old Coast Hospital in 1951. His family moved to the Bay Area in 1960.

Dave attended Stanford University where he majored in "Social Thought and Institutions," a political science honors program. While attending Stanford, he opened a specialty sleep shop to help pay his way through college. The sleep shop business took off and Dave left in his senior year before completing his degree.

Dave and his wife Anne will celebrate their 32nd Anniversary this year (2011). They moved back to Fort Bragg in 1992 to raise their children in a town "where the community watches out for kids."

Dave and Anne have four children: Katie, Dewey, Packie and Bryna; and two granddaughters: Rowan Elli and Zoey Mae.

Click here to e-mail Mayor Turner.

Mayor Turner's term on the Council expires in December 2014 unless re-elected.

Vice Mayor Meg Courtney

Vice Mayor Courtney was first elected to the City Council in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

She has been a Fort Bragg resident and homeowner for ten years, having slowly gravitated up the coast of California. She was born in Los Angeles, lived in Berkeley and environs for several years, moved to Santa Cruz, and finally, gratefully arrived in this wonderful town.

Meg was "founding mother" of the local Coast Toasters, of Toastmaster International. She has taught art in the Fort Bragg public schools and with the Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District. She was a co-leader of a Rural Murals Project, working with troubled youth.

Meg continues to serve on the board of the Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority (MSWMA) and has been tireless in working to get a ban on carry-out plastic bags in Mendocino County. She also continues to serve on the board of the Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA) and is pleased to have been involved in helping MTA bring about a new Sustainable Transit Center, which will feature solar arrays & charging stations for hybrid electrical vehicles.

She was instrumental in helping the City of Fort Bragg to sign on to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), working with over 500 local governments to reduce global warming.

Meg holds a BA from UC Berkeley, a California Teaching Credential, and a Lifetime Adult Education Credential. She is a ceramic artist and is a member of the local Edgewater Gallery. Meg has two grown daughters, Tobin and Taylor, and a granddaughter, Arden.

Vice Mayor Courtney's term on the Council expires in December 2014 unless re-elected.

Councilmember Scott Deitz

Councilmember Deitz was first elected to the City Council in April 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Councilmember Melo. He was re-elected in November 2012 to a full four-year term.

Scott was raised in Northern Illinois and received a BS Degree in Business from Northern Illinois University. He moved to the Mendocino Coast in 1975. He has been a school business manager and a real estate broker. He is married, has raised 5 children and has 2 grandchildren. He currently serves on the Fort Bragg School District Bond Oversight Committee, as the County representative on the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency to Fort Bragg Redevelopment Agency, the Fort Bragg Fire Protection Authority Board, the Fort Bragg Safety Committee, the Biomass Working Group, and the newly formed City Council ad hoc technology committee.

Scott's focus is to attract clean and high paying software, consulting and education jobs to Fort Bragg. He believes that with the fiber optic cable located in Fort Bragg, the advent of virtual meetings, the potential of ocean view offices on the Mill Site property, the attraction of a small town atmosphere and the natural beauty of the Coast this will be possible. He would like to see a time when children can stay in Fort Bragg if they choose and make a good living doing what they like to do. He believes that "Fort Bragg's best days are still ahead."

Councilmember Deitz's term on the Council expires in December 2016 unless re-elected.

Councilmember Doug Hammerstrom

Councilmember Hammerstrom was first elected to the City Council in November 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Councilmember Hammerstrom served as Mayor from 2006-2010.

Councilmember Hammerstrom was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1946 and was raised in Fresno, California from age 2 - 18. His early connection to Fort Bragg came during his Fresno years as his father sold a product of the Union Lumber Company. Doug's visits then and vacation later kept him in touch with Fort Bragg.

Attending undergraduate college at U.C.-Santa Barbara and law school at Hastings in San Francisco took him to live in other parts of the State. Councilmember Hammerstrom settled in Visalia, California where he was an attorney and orange grower. After a brief relocation to Seattle, he moved with his family - wife, Dr. Diana Harris; son, Ben; and daughter, Sophia - to the Mendocino Coast in 1992.

Doug's interests in participatory democracy and land use planning led him to run for a seat on the Fort Bragg City Council. His primary goal on the Council is to have a rich deliberative process involving citizen and expert input so that the Council makes decisions based on the broadest range of collective wisdom they can muster.

Councilmember Hammerstrom's term on the Council expires in December 2016 unless re-elected.

Councilmember Heidi Kraut

Councilmember Kraut was first elected to the City Council in in May 2013 at a special election to fill former Councilmember Dan Gjerde's seat. She is currently a member of the City Council subcommittees for Public Safety and Community Development.

Heidi Kraut is a Mendocino Coast native. She was raised in Caspar and graduated from Mendocino High School in 1997.

After receiving a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University she returned to the coast in 2003. Heidi lives in Fort Bragg with her husband Todd, a woodworker, and their two-year-old daughter Sadie who loves trains, preschool and snack time.

Since 2009 she has managed the Mendocino Coast Hospice Thrift Store.

Councilmember Kraut's term will expire in December 2014 unless re-elected.

Fair Political Practices Commission Requirements

The City Councilmembers are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 416 N. Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, California 95437. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website - Click Here for the FPPC website.