Mike Kotowski has been serving the City of Campbell since his appointment as Sign Advisor in 1972 to the Site and Architectural Review Sub Committee to the Planning Commission. He was appointed to the Planning Commission in 1980 by the City Council where he served as chair. In November 1983, he was elected to the Campbell City Council. He served two terms until 1992 when he chose not to run again although there were no term limits. Responding to many requests to “run again” Mike was re-elected in 2008. In 2012, he was one of two qualified candidates who were subsequently appointed by City Council action to serve a four-year term expiring in November 2016. Mike has served as Mayor in 1985, 1990, and 2012. He is known as a rigid parliamentarian and has chaired numerous committees for the City and County.
Mike and Claire have been married for 46 years, raised two sons in Campbell and have four grandchildren. They retired from Vicom Services, a graphic design and advertising agency after 41 years. They currently maintain M. F. Kotowski Art, a Campbell-based consulting and design business relating to the visual arts.
Mike holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Advertising Art and Design from San Jose State University. He also holds a Community College Credential and has taught both art and photography at West Valley and Mission Colleges. He also served on the colleges’ Scholarship Foundation for 14 years and as president for three years.
As a founding board member of the Campbell Historical Museum, he was a major fund raiser for the Ainsley House Project. He is also a founding board member of the Campbell Veteran’s Memorial Foundation where he was instrumental in establishing an endowment for returning veterans who wish to receive college scholarships to further their education. Mike is an Air Force veteran having served during the Kennedy Administration. He is the most senior board member of the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad in Los Gatos and is past president of the corporation. He serves on other boards and committees in the valley.
Mike served as President of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce in 1979 and chaired Campbell’s first wine and arts festival that same year. In 1982, he was selected as Campbell’s Citizen of the Year.
2015 Committee Assignments: Assn. of Bay Area Governments (Alt.)
CDBG Program Committee (County)
Education Liaison Subcommittee
Friends of the Heritage Theatre Liaison
Housing Rehab Loan Committee (Alt.) League of California Cities:**
Community Services Policy Committee
Recycling Waste Reduction Commission**
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority Board (SVACA) (Alt.)
Valley Transportation Authority Policy Advisory Committee (Alt.)
West Valley Sanitation District
West Valley Solid Waste Authority JPA (Alt).