Mark Church was elected San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder in 2010 and assumed office on January 3, 2011, succeeding Warren Slocum. His experience as a mayor and county supervisor combined with his legal background make him uniquely qualified to manage the diverse operations of the office. He offers a legacy of leadership, professional experience and knowledge. Mark Church has made a commitment to ensure that the office continues its tradition of excellence and operates at a maximum level of efficiency and productivity.
Mark Church is a third-generation Californian, born and raised in San Mateo County. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Pacific, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and holds a juris doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law. In 1982 he established the law firm of Church and Associates, in Millbrae.
Church served on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2010 representing District 1. He won his June 2008 re-election campaign with 84 percent of votes cast – the highest margin of victory in that election for a contested supervisorial race anywhere in California.
In his role as a county supervisor, he worked to make local government efficient, transparent, and accountable. He is proud of his efforts to reduce traffic congestion and increase housing opportunities for seniors, the disabled and working families. He championed children and family issues such as strengthening protection for victims of domestic violence and increasing access to preschool and affordable, quality child care. He also led the effort to develop innovative, forward thinking programs to protect the environment and encourage local investment in alternative-energy and carbon-reducing technology.
Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, Mark Church served on the Millbrae City Council and has the distinction of receiving the highest vote ever cast for a council candidate in the city’s history. Church served as mayor from 1997-1998, during the year-long celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary.
Mark Church is the son of Marvin Church, a former Millbrae mayor and city councilman (1958-1966), who went on to serve as San Mateo County Clerk–Recorder and Chief Elections Officer for two decades (1967-1987).