Meet the Mayor and Council

Mayor-CRobersonMAYOR CLYDE ROBERSON
Elected November, 2014
Re-elected November 2016, 2018, 2020
Term expires December, 2022

Born in Oakland, California, Clyde Roberson started his teaching career in 1968. His hobbies include hiking, biking, gardening, writing humorous poems about his years in the classroom, and volunteering at local schools.

He was privileged to teach in Monterey for 35 years.  Among many highlights was teaching children of former students, and working with outstanding colleagues, parents, and community.  He and his wife, Dottie, were fortunate to raise their children in Monterey where they attended local schools.  Their grandchildren also go to school here.

Clyde is honored to have served 26 years on the Monterey City Council, including six terms as mayor, as well as four years on the Library Board. He started the Monterey Sports Center after his students and the residents repeatedly wrote that the city needed an indoor swimming facility, gymnasium, and exercise facilities. It was paid for when the doors opened.      

He started the Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program which has funded  $90 million since 1985 into residential streets, storm drains, sewers, parks, and city-wide projects.  He created the Historical Preservation and Cultural Arts Commissions. He initiated the hotel moratorium to stop overdevelopment of our coastline.

Working with the people of Monterey, he helped to form neighborhood associations, develop the Window to the Bay and Recreational Trail, worked to keep the DLI and Naval Postgraduate School here, balance city budgets, and support local business. 

His priorities are protecting our quality of life, listening to citizens, keeping Monterey safe and solvent, providing services to residents, and preserving our natural and historical beauty.  He is committed to fixing the city’s infrastructure and retaining Monterey’s small-town feeling.     

A Member of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, Mayor Clyde is pleased that Monterey belongs to the Central Coast Community Power for Renewable Energy and the Regional Climate Action Compact.

A neighborhood newsletter stated: “With unfailing support for neighborhood issues…and a visionary’s ability to solve problems with innovative solutions, Clyde has never ceased to support every neighborhood in the City of Monterey.”

He loves Monterey and will take care of it with you.

Councilmember-DAlbertCOUNCILMEMBER DAN ALBERT
Elected November, 2016 - Re-elected November, 2020 - Term expires December, 2024

Born and raised in Monterey, Dan Albert Jr. attended Monterey public schools and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University.  

Over the course of his 31-year career in education, Dan held various positions of increased responsibility.  He was a teacher, coach and activities director before becoming a district administrator.  In June 2016, he retired as the Associate Superintendent of Business Services with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

Dan's leadership approach is to be collaborative, equitable, strategic, and accountable.  He strives to build consensus around common goals and to employ strategies that produce tangible and measurable results. As an educational leader, Dan engaged community partners and stakeholders in the process of developing district-wide strategic plans and budgets to ensure the equitable distribution of resources across the five communities and 10,000 students served by MPUSD.

Dan also served on various community organizations: such as the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, the Committee to Restore Monterey Peninsula Schools, the Educational Foundation of Monterey Peninsula, the Rotary Club of Monterey and the Lyceum of Monterey.  His leadership, collaborative work and fundraising efforts helped to bring the arts and music back to public schools, and his work related to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District’s Measure P General Obligation Bond helped to upgrade schools, to be safe and comfortable facilities with 21st Century learning technologies.

Dan has two children and is married to Sharon Albert, who is an administrator for a adjacent local public school district. As a life-long resident and family man, Dan is passionate about preserving the unique character of Monterey and protecting the quality of life for residents and visitors. His intimate knowledge of the community’s needs and his experience in education, business, facilities management, and planning will serve him well as a member of the City Council.

Councilmember-AHaffaCOUNCILMEMBER ALAN HAFFA
Elected December, 2012
Re-elected November 2016 and 2020 - Term expires December, 2024

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."

Councilmember-ESmithCOUNCILMEMBER ED SMITH
Elected November, 2014
Re-elected November, 2018 - Term expires December, 2022

Ed was born at the old Carmel Hospital, raised on the Monterey Peninsula, and attended local schools, graduating from Pacific Grove High in 1971. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharron, who graduated from Monterey High School, also in 1971. They recently celebrated 41 years of marriage.

His parents, originally from Georgia, fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula when his father was stationed at Fort Ord with the U.S. Army. They settled their family here in 1945 after WWII ended. Ed has one younger brother, Doug, who served in the U.S. Army. His older brother, Phillip, also served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in the Vietnam War in 1969.
After graduating from Monterey Peninsula College in 1973, Ed and Sharron were married and departed for college. He graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Criminal Justice in 1975. After several years, Ed returned to college at Golden Gate University, attending night school to work on his Masters Degree. He graduated in 1983 with a Master’s of Public Administration in Federal, State & Urban Governance.

Ed and Sharron have two adult children — daughter, Amy Baj (married to Chris), lives in Florida where she is a Public Relations Director for Dell; and son, Peter finished serving in the U.S. Army in 2013 and currently is a full time student at Wichita State in Kansas. They have two grandchildren, Liam Smith, five-years-old, and Hadley Baj, 5-months-old.

Ed started his exciting law enforcement career beginning with the Seaside Police Department in 1976. In 1980 Ed transferred to the Monterey Police Department and rose through the ranks serving as a police officer, field training officer, detective, and as a police Sergeant serving in every division within the department as a supervisor. Ed was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2003 and retired from Monterey in 2006.

After a brief retirement Ed returned to duty in 2007 with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department in Riverside County, and retired in 2011 as a Division Commander. During Ed’s police career he served five different police chiefs and served for a total of 34 years.

Ed’s Service, Community, and Leadership
  • Co-owner On Base Leadership Training and organizational leadership consulting
  • Formerly owned and operated a retail business in Monterey, est. 1991, sold in 1998
  • Past board member of a community church & past board member of a private school
  • Past president of the Monterey Police Officers Association
  • Experienced with special events, project management, construction & technology
  • Former part-time Instructor at MPC Police Academy and State of California Peace Officers Standards & Training, (P.O.S.T.) in supervisory and leadership courses
  • Volunteer team captain for AT&T and 1st Tee tournaments
  • Member of Rotary Club of Cannery Row, vocation chair
  • Member of the Monterey County Hospitality Association, education committee
Education / Training
  • Pacific Grove High School Graduate 1971
  • Monterey Peninsula College, Associates of Science Degree 1973
  • California State University Sacramento, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Crim. Justice 1975
  • Golden Gate University, MPA in Federal, State and Urban Governances 1983
  • Police Academy, Supervisory and Management P.O.S.T Certificates
  • State of California Life-Time Teaching Credential
  • Monterey Peninsula Leadership graduate
Interests / Hobbies
  • Family time, gardening, good movies
  • Reading: world history, modern leadership & organizational management
  • Remodeling and home improvement - power tools!!
  • Golf, football (49ers) and baseball (Giants)

Councilmember-TWilliamsonVICE MAYOR TYLLER WILLIAMSON
Elected November, 2018 - Term expires December, 2022

Tyller grew up in a military family. His mom served in the Navy for 20 years so they moved around the country and never lived anywhere long enough to grow roots. His military upbringing was a formative experience, and led him to seek long-term connections and community on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

For the last eight years, he has worked at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2013. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master’s of Business Administration program at NPS.

When he arrived here on the Central Coast, he did not know how much this area would mean to him. He realized that he had finally found a community that accepted and loved him; and he knew he would never want to live anywhere else. He and his partner, Ivan, bought their first home together in Monterey because of the beautiful environment — from the climate and landscape to the amazing community activists they have grown to love. Through his community work on the Monterey Peninsula, Tyller has truly found a lifelong home. His work with fellow community members was fundamental in the decision to run for Monterey City Council.

Tyller has a proven track record of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to accomplish common goals. As an organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign out of the San Francisco headquarters, he managed 30 staff and over 500 volunteers in a successful endeavor.

More recently, Tyller worked to bring that same sense of purpose as a co-founder of Monterey Peninsula Pride, the first pride event in this community for over a decade. This unifying and inclusive event enjoyed support from diverse community organization such as churches, synagogues, LGBTQIA+ organizations, legal groups, healthcare groups, mental health organizations, and numerous public officials. It was a powerful event with over 700 people in attendance united by their commitment of respect for all — and regional solidarity!

As a member of the Monterey County Housing Advisory Committee, and a past Committee Member on the City of Monterey’s Architecture Review Committee, he has seen firsthand the difference an active community makes.  As a city councilmember, he will work tirelessly to foster, grow, and encourage productive civic participation.

Tyller envisions a future for our city as a leader in public engagement. He believes by better utilizing modern forms of communication, we can move Monterey forward by seeking robust community input to drive decision making in our local government.

On important challenges like increasing access to affordable housing, improving transportation infrastructure, and providing a sustainable water supply, Monterey is not alone. Tyller will collaborate with regional partners to tackle these tough issues in order to improve our quality of life on the Central Coast.