On January 9, 2015 the FORA Board voted unanimously to elect me as the board chair for calendar year 2015. I have been unanimously re-elected to a second year as the board chair. This re-election and vote of confidence by the board members is greatly appreciated. I look forward to continuing to work with the entire FORA Board.

"Frank is principled, works hard, studies the issues, goes out of his way to listen to the public and makes decisions that he believes are in the best interest of Marina.  He pays particular attention to  those whose voices may not have been heard, traditionally."
Jane Parker, Mty. Cty. Supervisor


"As a member of the FORA Board, Marina Councilman Frank O'Connell's thoroughness and professionalism promote the best of Marina. I am very impressed with his effort to promote and protect Marina's interests while addressing the many issues that come before the FORA Board." Nancy Selfridge, former Monterey City Councilmember


Frank, "You can count on me to come to you directly to get your views on topics that come up with recreation. It sure made a difference last night" Darlena Ridler-June 23, 2009- Recreation & Cultural Services Commissioner/Past Chairperson


“As one of the hardest working members of the City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Frank O’Connell has always been responsive to citizen requests, proactive in anticipating our needs and unrelenting in his pursuit of the facts necessary to solve the tough economic and governmental issues that come before the Council. Above all, his personal integrity and dedicated service to Marina citizens have been evident at his regular town hall meetings, and many other community meetings, where he has demonstrated his willingness to listen to all people, his acute understanding of the complex problems of this community, and his commitment to innovative solutions.”   Paula F. Pelot, Chairperson Preston and Abrams Parks Tenants Association


"What I most appreciate about Mayor Pro Tem Frank O’Connell is his humility and his direct, honest approach to problem-solving. Frank seems to deeply care about his responsibilities representing the people of Marina. Beyond his obvious devotion to his wife and commitment to his professional legal obligations, Frank works tirelessly as a
city council member. He reads every piece of paper that crosses his desk and comes to council meetings fully prepared to discuss issues before casting his vote. Frank cares about the working class families of this town and the seniors."
Greg Furey, Marina resident-2/24/2011

"Mayor Pro Tem O’Connell has kept his campaign promises.  I have appreciated Frank’s Town Hall meetings, his thorough review of items presented to him for consideration as well as his ability to remain calm at all times, even when others are trying to attack him and his integrity.
Frank works endless hours to make Marina a better place for all of us to live, no matter who we are.  I'm impressed that Mayor Pro Tem O’Connell is willing to take on the most difficult of problems.         Patty Cramer, President Marina Del Mar
Homeowner's Association, Associate Manager - GSMOL – Area B1,   2/23/2011


Councilman O’Connell has been a pretty tireless advocate on behalf of the city in these meetings so, it is good to have a voice. So, thank you. Marina resident Dan Amadeo acknowledging his understanding of Mayor Pro Tem O’Connell’s involvement in  negotiations with Fort Ord Reuse Authority over the Preston Park matter. City Council meeting 4/26/2011

" By picking ... Frank O'Connell to the City Council, voters will be saying that the big decisions should be made by the public and its representatives, not the developers."
... O'Connell will put the public back into the process."Monterey Herald 10/14/08 : The Herald's View 10/14/08


"Frank O'Connell, a local attorney...will elevate the civic discussion and help Marina move away from the recent administration's vision-less lust for big box development" Monterey County Weekly 10/16-22/08


City of Marina Web Site

Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County

Marina Equestrian Center

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Marina Tree and Garden Club

Monterey Peninsula College

Fort Ord Reuse Authority

Monterey Salinas Transit

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District

Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District

Transportation Agency of Monterey

Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments

Supervisor Jane Parker
Monterey County Convention & Visitors' Bureau


Marina Community Leadership Highlights:

                o   Marina City Councilman 2008 to present

                o   Marina Planning Commissioner  2007-2008

                o   Alternate to Marina Design Review Board  2007

                o   Marina Homeowner and Resident since 1980


  • Juris Doctorate, Western State University College of Law, 1976 
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Worcester State College, 1969
  • Present: 
  • Private law practice, Monterey, CA (since 1978)
  • California Community College - Lifetime teaching credential in real estate and law (since 1979)
  • Retired from legal profession 2014
  • Past:
  • 1979 - 83:  California Real Estate Broker
  • 1978 - 81:  Evenings Instructor at MPC-Marina location 
  • 1969 - 73:  Elementary school teacher
  • 1978-2005: Legal counsel to Mty. Columbian Fed'l Credit Union


  • Marina City Councilman-2008-present
  • Mayor Pro Tem-Jan. 2011-December 2016
  • Fort Ord Reuse Authority Board-City Representative-1/2011-present
  • Fort Ord Reuse Authority Board-Chair- 2015-Jan. 2017
  • Fort Ord Reuse Executive Committee-1/2011-present
  • Fort Ord Legislative Committee-1/2011-present
  • Monterey Salinas Transit Board-1/2011-present
  • Monterey Salinas Transit Finance Committee member 2/2011 - present
  • Monterey Salinas Facilities Committee member 2/2011-present
  • Oversight Board member 2/7/2012 to present
  • Member of Board-Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG)- 2008-1/2011
  • Member of Board-Community Human Services- 2008-1/2011
  • Member of Board-Access Monterey Peninsula Television- 2008-1/2011
  • Alternate to FORA Board-2008-1/2011 
  • City representative to joint commission with Marina Coast Water District-Sept. 2010-1/2011
  • Mayor's representative to Community Restorative Justice Commission- Aug. 2010-July 2011
  • Board of Supervisor's appointment as the Business representative to Community Restorative Justice Commission- July 2011
  • Community Human Services Board-Alternate-1/11 to present
  • Transportation Agency of Mty. Cty.(TAMC)-alternate-1/2011 to present
  • Mty. Peninsula Unified School District Governance Council-alternate-1/2011 to present
  • City Council liaison to Planning Commission-1/2011 to present
  • City Council liaison to Public Works Commission-2008-1/2011
  • Chairman to City Ad Hoc Budget Committee-2010
  • Chairman of Ad Hoc Marina Equestion Center Committee-2011
  • Council representative to Ad Hoc CalPers Committee-2011
  • Chairman of the fund drive for the Gateway Center and Special Olympics of the Monterey Peninsula, Council 1465 ( 1988-2008) 
  • Chairman of local holiday food drive, Council 1465 (1985-2008) 
  • Marina Homeowner and Resident (since 1980) 
  • Role model as a father to two daughters (since 1979) 
  • Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1465 (since 1977)
  • Marina Planning Commission 2007-08
  • Alternate to Marina Design Review Board 2007-08
  • Board of Directors-Mutual Water Company-Calaveras County-1994-2008
  • Board of Director-Calaveras Homeowners' Association-1987-2008
    • 1991 - 95: President of the Calaveras County Homeowners Association
    • 1985: Co-Chairman of Knights of Columbus, California State Convention in Monterey

 As one of your planning commissioners I  always applied my years of experience and ability to research the issues. This resulted in my vote being supported by solid reasoning and a full understanding of the issues.  I continue to approach matters in this manner while serving as a member to the Marina City Council.

I promise you that  there will continue to be:

1. A more open, and fully accountable city government that will continue to disclose to you all of the reasons for the decisions made.

2. A full disclosure of all documents, records, discussions and positions, that are not of a privileged nature, prior to the council vote.

3. A full opportunity for you to express yourself at all council meetings even if it takes more than the present three minute limitation.

4.  A direct, specific and concise addressing of your concerns that will include, where necessary, the documents necessary to provide a complete answer.