Santee City Council

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Mayor John W. Minto

Contact Mayor Minto

619-258-4100 ext. 295

Mayor John Minto

John W. Minto was born in Steubenville, Ohio and moved to San Diego with his family when he was only five weeks old. He grew up in East San Diego and attended local public schools. In his junior and senior years of high school, he joined clubs and organizations where leadership opportunities presented themselves with the American Red Cross, Junior Kiwanis, Army ROTC, and the San Diego Police Department’s Explorer program.

Minto said the Explorer program influenced him the most, and at 22 years old, he left his job with San Diego Gas & Electric and entered the police academy on June 30, 1980.  His most memorable work includes walking a beat and cleaning up a crime-ridden neighborhood, now known as the Gaslamp Quarter; being involved in the Green River Killer serial murder case; and designing curfew and truancy programs to provide immediate and long-term intervention for at-risk youth.

Minto served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Police Officer's Association in the capacity of Treasurer, Political Action Chair, and General Manager.  The experience allowed him to comprehend budgets, understand and maneuver through political arenas, and engage in contract negotiations and bargaining.

Minto and his wife, Laura, have called Santee home since 1992. It was here that he chose to settle and begin his true community involvement. He began by serving as president of his homeowner's association, joining the Santee Kiwanis Club and was appointed to the Santee Park & Recreation Committee (SPARC) before becoming a Councilman.  

Minto has served on the following Boards, Commissions and Committees:

  • Santee Community Oriented Policing Committee (Chairman)
  • League of California Cities (State Board of Directors)
  • East County Economic Development Council (Chairman)
  • Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) (Board of Directors)
  • San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
  • Borders Committee (Chairman) Heartland Communications (Board of Directors)  
Minto participates annually in many events in Santee, including the Santee Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast, Santee’s American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Santee Chamber of Commerce Awards ceremony, Miss Santee & Miss Santee Teen pageant, Santee Street Fair, Christmas tree lighting, the summer concert series, and Santee Salutes 4th of July.
I consider my greatest accomplishment is creating the Sports Plex USA and Town Center Park. It is my honor to be your Mayor. And as always, hoping you have a great Santee Day.

Vice Mayor Rob McNelis

Contact Vice Mayor McNelis

619-258-4100 ext. 295

Council Member Rob McNelis
Rob McNelis, originally from the Los Angeles area, moved to Santee in 1994 with his high school sweetheart, Dawn, who is now his wife.  He and Dawn have two beautiful children. McNelis has been a business owner in Santee since 1997. 

He currently has two businesses in Santee: his real estate and mortgage company, One Stop Lending & Realty, and his entertainment business, One Stop Party Players, Inc. Over the years, McNelis has been the recipient of many awards and accolades including, the 2004 Realtor of the Year; the 2007 Santee Citizen of the Year; the 2007 Small Business of the Year for the 77th State Assembly District; and most recently, the 2010 “Five-Star Mortgage Professional” award by San Diego Magazine.
McNelis has also served his industry and community on many levels.  He was the President of the San Diego Association of Mortgage Brokers and the President of the East San Diego County Association of Realtors.  McNelis also sat as a member of the Prop “R” Bond oversight committee, as well as the Board of Directors for the East County Boys and Girls Clubs.
McNelis has been involved with helping to ensure the City of Santee continues on its course to greatness by being a part of the Santee Charter City Advisory Committee and Santee’s COMPOC Committee.  He is very pleased to follow in the footsteps of some great previous Santee leaders by having served as the 2009 President of the Santee Chamber of Commerce.

Council Members

Council Member Ronn Hall

Contact Council Member Hall

619-258-4100 ext. 295

Ronn Hall was elected to the City Council in November 2014.  Born and raised in San Diego County, Hall moved to Santee in 2003. He is the owner of a local business, Ronn Hall Insurance & Notary Services, Allstate Agency. He has received numerous insurance industry awards, including Allstate’s President’s Award and the Chairman’s Award, given to the top 1% of agents in the country. 
In 2009, the Santee Chamber recognized his business as Small Business of Year.  San Diego Magazine has recognized Hall numerous times as a “Five-Star Home/Auto Insurance Professional.”
In addition to his successful business, Hall has volunteered in many community organizations including being a past president and a board member of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, as well as currently a board member for the Santee Lakes Foundation, a member of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, a member of the San Diego Republican Party Central Executive Committee, Assembly District 71 and a delegate to the California Republican Party.
Hall has also participated in many community events including the American Cancer Society’s Santee Relay for Life, Santee Santa’s, Concert at the Lakes, and the Santee Chamber of Commerce Street Fair and Car Show. 
As a Council Member he has been assigned to the Heartland Communications Facility Commission, Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, County Service Area (CSA) 69 and the Community Leaders Forum MCAS at Miramar.
He and his wife, Virginia Hall, are the parents of six adult sons, and two granddaughters.  


Council Member Stephen Houlahan RN, MSN, MBA

Contact Council Member Houlahan

619-258-4100 ext. 295

Stephen Houlahan has lived in Santee for 40 years and is a third generation Santee resident. Houlahan attended Sycamore Canyon Elementary School and West Hills High School.
He has nearly 20 years experience as a Registered Nurse, having graduated from San Diego State University’s School of Nursing. Houlahan served five years as a Clinical Supervisor at the Sharp Memorial Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Houlahan also attended the University of San Diego’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science where he achieved a Master’s Degree in the Science of Nursing with emphasis in Healthcare Systems Administration. At that time, he concurrently completed his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of San Diego’s School of Business. He is currently a Clinical Documentation Analyst and Educator for the Sharp Healthcare System.
In 2010, Houlahan became a founding member and the President of the activist group “Save Mission Trails.”  This group’s primary focus is to protect Mission Trails Regional Park and the adjacent East Elliott open space from encroachment. 
On September 12, 2014, with Houlahan’s leadership, Save Mission Trails successfully led the effort to stop the Quail Brush Power Plant from being built adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park, in East Elliott, at the western gateway of Santee. 
Additionally, on July 27, 2016, as the President of Save Mission Trails, Houlahan successfully led the effort to achieve “Scenic Highway” designation for State Route-52 from Mast Boulevard to Santo Road.
Houlahan is very active in the Santee Community.  He coaches baseball at West Hills Little League (WHLL) and coaches soccer for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).  Houlahan also volunteers at Mission Trails Regional Park. Houlahan is a homeowner, happy husband, and proud father.  He is committed and dedicated to his community, beautiful Santee!

Council Member Brian W. Jones

Contact Council Member Jones

619-258-4100 ext. 295

Brian W. Jones, served six years in the State Legislature as the representative for the 71st Assembly District, which includes the City of Santee. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Jones served on the Santee City Council for eight years from 2001-2010. Jones attended Santana High School, Grossmont Community College, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
The Santee City Council selected Jones from a total of 41 local residents who submitted applications to serve the remaining two years of a vacant council position on January 25, 2017.
As an Assemblyman, Jones focused on several priorities: reducing the size and scope of state government; relieving businesses of onerous rules and regulations; lowering taxes on small businesses and families; serving as a government watchdog on behalf of taxpayers; and protecting the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Jones' legislative achievements include the introduction and co-authorship of "Made In America" legislation, which makes it easier for manufacturers to do business in California; legislation to support the expanding craft beverage industry in California; and legislation allowing non-motorized vehicles such as scooters, bicycles, and wheel-chairs in skate parks.
In addition, Jones has received the following awards and recognition: California Rifle and Pistol Association Outstanding Leader (2016), the Civil Justice Association of California 9CJAC) Civil Justice Leadership Award (2015), the California Society for Respiratory Care Legislator of the Year (2015), the California Chiropractor Association Chiropractic Champion Award (2014), Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year (2014), and Tech America's "Tech Champion" (2012). In Sacramento, Jones served as the Vice-Chair of the Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee, Vice-Chair of Natural Resources, and has been a member of the Appropriations, Budget Subcommittee, Health and Human Services, Budget, Rules, Government Organization, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committees.
Other boards and committees Jones has served on the Board of Directors of the East County Boys and Girls Club, and the San Diego County Gun Owners, and is a member of the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club, as well as a lifetime member of the California Rifle and Pistol Association and the NRA. He has become well known locally for his annual 2nd Amendment Awareness event, as a regular host of the Mark Larson show on AM 1170, a requested speaker for organizations, and a frequent commentator on television and radio.
In addition to his duties as a public servant, Jones enjoys mountain biking, long excursions on his adventure motorcycle, and spending time with his wife Heather and three children, Christopher, Melina and Matthew.