Meet the Mayor and City Council Members

Elected Dec. 2006- Term Expires Nov. 2014Mayor Della Sala

Chuck Della Sala was born in Monterey on Sept. 2, 1955, one of five children of Charles Sr. and Monterey native Rose Marie (Bruno) Della Sala. He was raised in the Del Monte Grove and Old Town neighborhoods of Monterey and attended public schools, graduating from Monterey High School in 1973. In 1977, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Chuck is the managing Realtor of his family’s business.

Mayor Della Sala was elected to the City Council in 2002 and elected Mayor in 2006. Prior to his service on the Council, he served on the City of Monterey Planning Commission for 10 years. He is a past president of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and served as president of Monterey PONY Baseball/Softball for five years.

Mayor Della Sala serves as Monterey’s representative to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC). With TAMC, he played a key role in reducing traffic congestion at Highway 68 and Ragsdale Drive. He has been an instrumental leader in the beautification of Monterey through his advocacy of Window-on-the-Bay Park. He has personally contributed to the revitalization of downtown Monterey as well as the rebuilding of Jacks Park where the Bronco League World Series has been played since 1993.

Mayor Della Sala has learned the value of teamwork and consensus building and has applied these qualities and skills in business, in community service activities and in community governmental activities.

Mayor Della Sala and his wife, Sandy, have two adult children and live in the Deer Flats neighborhood. He often says, “I make a living as a businessman; I make my life by giving back to my hometown.”

Councilmember Libby DowneyElected Nov. 2004- Term Expires Nov. 2016

Libby was born in High Point, North Carolina on March 17, 1938.
Libby graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was inducted into Valkyries (equivalent to Mortar Board Honor Society). She married Wayne Downey in 1962; has lived in Monterey since 1963. They have three adult children: Scott, Heath, and Paige.

Professional Experience:
Visiting Nurse Association Coordinator Staff Development – 2007-2008
Monterey County Superior Court Appointee
Conservator of the Person

– 2000-2008
Monterey County Health Department Public Health Nurse – 1995-2007
Lyceum of Monterey County, Executive Director – 1985-1995
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)
Staff Nurse, Oncology
– 1975-1981
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Adult School Instructor
School Nurse, Elementary & High School

– 1966-1967
– 1963-1966
San Jose Hospital School of Nursing, Nursing Instructor – 1962-1963
University of Colorado Medical Center Staff Nurse- Intensive Care – 1960-1962
Camp Kieve, Nobleboro, Maine, Camp Nurse – 1960, 1967

Community Service Experience:
Rotary Club of Monterey Board Member
– 2012 - 2014
Regional Taxi Authority, Board of Directors
Vice Chair
– 2010 - present
– 2012 - present
Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency – 2008 - present
Historic Monterey
– 2008 - present
City of Monterey Vice-Mayor – 2008, 2012
Rotary Club of Monterey – 2007 - present
Monterey Regional Waste Management District – 2006 - present
Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments – 2005 - present
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Vice Chair
– 2005 - present
– 2012 - present
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – 2005 - 2010
City of Monterey Councilmember – 2004 - present
League of California Cities
Vice President (Regional Branch)
– 2004 - present
– 2008 - 2009
Hospice Foundation of the Central Coast
– 1995 - 2001
– 2000 - 2001
Monterey Peninsula College Foundation – 1995-2001
City of Monterey Parks and Recreation Commission – 1982 - 2004
Visiting Nurse Association, Board of Directors
– 1982 - 2004
Carmel Presbyterian Church Trustee – 1980 - 1984
Junior League of Monterey County
– 1969 - 1981
– 1977 - 1978
American Junior League Western Area Council – 1978 - 1979
Monterey County Grand Jury – 1978 - 1979
Family Service Agency of Monterey
– 1977 - 1981
– 1981
Planned Parenthood of Monterey County – 1973 - 1978

Elected Dec. 2012 - Term Expires Nov. 2016

Councilmember Alan Hoffa

Alan Haffa learned about leadership and service as an Eagle Scout. He met his future wife, Arlene Haffa, when both of them worked as Camp Counselors at Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Arlene and Alan have been married 26 years and have two children, Ben and Elizabeth, both graduates of Monterey High School. When the family moved to Monterey in 2003, Haffa wanted to help out in the community. He joined the Kiwanis Club of Monterey, and he and Arlene helped out at the High School by writing a grant for the Band Boosters to replace the piano, and helped reinvigorate the Cross-Country Booster club.

In 2004, the local school district, MPUSD, was divided and lacking direction. When one of the board members stepped down, Haffa stepped up. He stood with the board members who questioned the district consultants, who were recommending 11 new schools in the former Fort Ord. Haffa and the board majority questioned where the new residents would work and how many children they would have. Their skepticism was well founded, as the housing bubble burst and none of the new construction materialized. Had the district sold bonds to build all those schools, the district would be in debt today and would have had to close schools in Monterey. The leadership that Haffa displayed, questioning out of state consultants and corporations to protect the students and citizens, is the kind of leadership and independence he will bring to the city council.

Haffa was proud to work with local parents and volunteers who wanted to remodel Dan Albert Football Field. When the football booster club and other supporters asked the board to show commitment and leadership by allocating $200,000 toward the football field renovation, Haffa voted "yes." The boosters were then able to raise the remaining money and today the field is a testimony to what our community can do when dedicated citizens and supportive public servants work together.

In addition to his community service, Haffa has taught at Monterey Peninsula College and directed the Gentrain Program, an interdisciplinary, team taught course in civilization. At MPC he has served on the Faculty Senate and for the past two years he has been co-chair of the College Council, which is the highest advisory board to the college president. Haffa has also fought for lifelong learning at the college, and in 2011 he was the MPCTA faculty union co-negotiator. Haffa and his faculty colleagues negotiated a two percent salary cut in recognition of the desperate financial situation of the state and as sign of good faith and commitment to the long term viability of the college.

Haffa says: "One of my natural skills is helping to bring a group to consensus. If you can find a solution that works for everyone, where everyone wins, that is a better solution than where one party wins and the other loses. But if a spirit of reason and compromise are not met half way, I will ask the tough questions and I will stand up for what is right."

Elected Dec. 2006 - Term Expires Nov. 2014

Councilmember Nancy Selfridge

Nancy was elected to the Monterey City Council in Nov. of 2006. She is a native Californian who has lived in Monterey for over 20 years. She graduated from Sacramento State College and received her teaching credential from Chapman University. A retired elementary school teacher, Nancy is currently teaching remedial reading part time for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

A graduate of Leadership Monterey Peninsula, she has served on the Colton Hall Museum/Cultural Arts Commission and was President of the Monte Vista Neighborhood Association.

In addition to volunteer work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and with First Night Monterey, Nancy has acted as Chairperson of Christmas in the Adobes, the Adobe tour, and Bouquets to History and Art. She has served on the Board of the Monterey History and Art Association and of QUOTA International, an organization known for their service to the hearing and speech impaired, and to disadvantaged women and children.

Nancy is a member of the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. She has four children and four grandchildren.

Elected Dec. 2006 - Term Expires Nov. 2014

Councilmember Frank Sollecito

Frank was born in Monterey on Jan. 20, 1949, one of five children of Frank and Beverly Sollecito. Frank and his wife of 39 years Sannie (Solis) Sollecito live in the Monte Vista area of Monterey where they raised two sons Frank Jr. and Gabe. Gabe lives in Spreckels with his wife Wendy (Efird) Sollecito and their two daughters Marley and Taylor. Frank Jr. passed away in Oct. of 1990 after waging a courageous 2½ year battle against leukemia.

Frank was raised in the Oak Knoll Neighborhood and attended Del Monte Elementary School, Walter Colton Jr. High School, Monterey High School and Monterey Peninsula College.

Frank played football at both Monterey High School and Monterey Peninsula College. He was a stand out player and as a high school senior was named to the 1967 Northern California All-Star Football squad. His Northern California team was coached by former Monterey Mayor Dan Albert. The California All Star game was played at the Los Angeles Coliseum and the underdog North team won. Frank contributed greatly to the upset of the Southern California team with several key pass receptions.

He joined the Monterey Police Department in 1972, retiring in 2004 at the rank of Sergeant after 32 years of service.

Frank has been involved in several different kinds of businesses, while staying active with local youth activities and charities.

  • 8 years as Vice-President of the Monterey Police Association.
  • Vice-President/Board Member of the Frank Sollecito Jr. Leukemia Fund.
  • Director of the Frank Sollecito Jr. Baseball Tournament.
  • Past Board Member Monterey Youth Baseball and Coach.
  • Volunteer for Sober Grad and Bronco World Series.
  • Member of Monterey Peninsula College Hall of Fame.
  • Past Board Member/President Monterey High Football Booster Club.
  • Past President of Peninsula Security Consultants Inc.
  • Past President of Airport Limousine Inc.
  • Former owner operator of Executive Limousine Services.
  • Currently a licensed Private Investigator with Sollecito Investigations.
  • Currently teaching Administration of Justice for the Monterey Peninsula School District.
  • Currently assisting his wife Sannie with her Antiques & Collectibles business.
  • Elected to the City of Monterey City Council Dec. 5, 2006

Frank has learned the value of teamwork, utilitarian common sense, time management and the importance of public service through some of the above experiences.