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City of GaltCandidate for City Council

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Tom Malson

Appointed Incumbent
1,301 votes (7.44%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety and a fully staffed Police Department
  • Balanced Budget and economic development
  • Connect Carillion Blvd. to the Northeast Area, which has been on my radar since the Northeast Area Specific Plan was conceived in the late 1980’s.



Profession:Retired Engineer/Appointed Council Member
Council Member, City of Galt — Elected position (2002–2006)
Member, League of California Cities Transportation and Communications Committee — Appointed position (2003–2006)
Member, League of California Cities Policy Resolution Committee — Appointed position (2005–2005)
Planning Commission, City of Galt Planning Commission — Appointed position (1986–2002)
Member, Sacramento Environmental Commission — Appointed position (1993–2002)


California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Industrial Engineering/Technology (current)
Sacramento City College, Sacramento Associate in Arts (A.A.), Engineering Technology (current)

Community Activities

Member, Galt Sunrise Rotary (2002–2007)
Rae House Musem Board Member, Galt Area Historical Soceity (1993–1994)
President, Galt Area Historical Society (1993–1993)
Treasurer, Galt Area Historical Society (1990–1992)
First Vice President, Galt Area Historical Society (1989–1990)


I have been involved with our City's Planning since 1986, and have attended League of California Cities Planning Conferences and a 16-week SACOG sponsored course on 'The Practice of Local Government Planning'.  During this period, I was also appointed to 4 regional and 5 City Commissions. My professional background is in Maintenance, Plant Industrial (Facility) Engineering and I have worked for local, national, world-wide and government organizations.  Probably my most satisfying job was working on the Northridge Earthquake event supervising 17 FEMA Field Teams that wrote $190 Million in grants for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Experienced:
• 37 Year Galt Resident
• 4 years Galt City Council
• 16 years Galt Planning Commission
• 9 years Sacramento Environmental Commission Qualified:
• Graduate, Great Valley Leadership Institute (hosted by Fresno State University with
        instructors from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government).
• Advanced Leadership Graduate, League of California Cities Mayors & Council
        Members Academy. 
• Certificate in the Practice of Local Government Planning, International City &
        County Management Association.
• Six Sigma Green Belt. Involved:
• Lifetime Member of Galt Area Historical Society and former
        -   President
        -   Vice President
        -  Treasurer (during initial McFarland Ranch acquisition) 
        -  Rae House Museum Board member.
• Former Member, Sunrise Rotary Club. Education:
• Bachelor in Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
• Project Management Courses, University of California, Davis.
• Associate in Arts, Sacramento City College. I have been married to my wife Grace for 45 years. She has worked for the City of Galt Police & Finance Departments and the past 26 years at CTA (formerly TRACS, SCT/Link). Our daughter started school in Galt and graduated from Galt High School. Along the way she was on the Galt Gators Swim Team, played soccer, fast pitch softball and has worked at the Gora Aquatic Center. My daughter now works for the State of California. I was born in Pennsylvania, but before arriving in Sacramento to attend High School, I had traveled around the world, lived in Indonesia for 2 years and had visited 17 countries along the way. After graduating from Cal Poly, living in Salinas, CA. and then North Canton, Ohio our family finally settled in Galt. I'm also a grandfather; enjoy family, traveling and the outdoors.


Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (1)

  • Curt Campion, Council Member, City of Galt

Individuals (4)

  • Tom Wallters, Former Planning Commission Chair, Former Vice Mayor, City of Galt
  • Doug Matthews, Retired Police Chief, City of Galt
  • David Wigginton
  • Tracie Cross

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


My family and I moved to Galt in 1981.  I have served the community as a Planning Commissioner, Sacramento Environmental Commission Board Member, City Council Member, life member of the Galt Area Historical Society serving as past President and Treasurer.  I bring a lot of experience and continuity to the position.


I firmly believe that council members are involved citizens of our community and are your voice in city government. I pledge to be responsive and represent all citizens to the best of my abilities. I am committed to having a safe community, good schools and helping Galt grow in a planned, orderly, sensible and fiscally responsible manner.


In every single decision I have ever made while serving the citizens of Galt it has always come down to what is best for our City.


Position Papers

Measure G


Shall the Office of the City clerk for the City of Galt be appointive?

Only 32% of City Clerks in California are elected, and the reason is this position has gotten a lot more complex since California became a state.  However, it is up to the citizens if they want this professionalism.  It is possible that a completely inexperienced City Clerk could be elected, in which case the City Council would have to hire a professional, Certified, City Clerk Administrator, which is what they do now.  So, in effect, this measure would eliminate the confusion and save taxpayers a little money.

This is up to the voters, but the question is how I feel about this measure:

Let me try and explain it this way:

What if our current City Clerk decides not to run?

What would happen?

Well 1st off, she would NOT lose her job as City Clerk Administrator – that position is decided by City Council, and has been since 1996.

If the elected City Clerk was not a certified City Clerk and you do not get certified just by getting elected – then City Clerk Administrator would handle pretty much all of the City Clerk duties, just like she does today.

So, I ask you what would the elected City Clerk actually do?

If elected and the City Clerk wanted to, they could attend 2-meetings a month, read the agenda items and sign approved resolutions – or they could delegate that to current City Clerk Administrator, collect $300 a month and stay home.

However, this measure is up to you the citizens of Galt – I’m just explaining my reasoning on the issue.



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