Mayor & City Council

The City Council consists of the Mayor and five Council members who are all elected at large. The Mayor and Council members serve staggered four-year terms on a part-time basis. Although the Mayor leads the City Council, this position votes only in the event of a tie. Santa Clara City has a Manager/Council form of government which allows for a full time City Manager and part time Mayor. Elections in Santa Clara City are non-partisan.

Regular City Council Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month. Meetings begin at 5:00 pm and are held in the City Council Chambers of the Santa Clara Town Hall located at 2603 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, UT  84765.

To view the actual meeting schedule check the City Meeting Calendar.  To View the Agendas and Minutes for upcoming or recent City Council meetings, visit the Agendas and Minutes page.

Santa Clara City Mission Statement

The mission of Santa Clara City, Utah is to provide progressive, service oriented, responsible government consistent with the community's values and priorities. This mission is accomplished by encouraging citizen participation; preserving the City's fiscal stability; producing effective and efficient government services; managing the City's resources; planning for the future; and representing citizens needs and desires to other levels of government.

Santa Clara City Vision

Santa Clara City – your municipal organization working to provide a better quality of life through efficient service and dedicated employees. Our goal is to lead Santa Clara well into the 21st century by professional, innovative, progressive and responsible service.


City Council Members

Rick Rosenberg - Mayor 435-628-7139
Herb Basso - City Council 435-673-3945
David Whitehead - City Council 435-632-2900
Mary Jo Hafen - City Council 435-674-7234
Jerry Amundsen - City Council 435-674-9615
Kenneth Sizemore - City Council 435-673-0824






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Election Candidates

Jarett Waite

City of Residence: Santa Clara
Years of Residence: 9
Age: 35
Occupation: Entrepreneur
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Jarett Waite grew up in a small rural town in Southern Idaho. He graduated from BYU in 2005 with a degree in business management. Soon after, he married his wife, Jenna, and they moved to Santa Clara to begin managing her family’s business – Laser Mania Family Fun Center. They later purchased it and have worked hard to improve the business every year.  Jarett and his wife are the proud parents of four children.

Jarett currently serves on the St. George Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is also the executive director of the Dixie Power Kite Festival and has served on the festival’s planning committee for eight years. He’s a Dixie Sunshiner and has served as a youth and scout leader for over 10 years.

As a small business owner, Jarett understands the importance of being fiscally responsible, while at the same time constantly improving. He holds conservative values and feels his well-balanced approach to issues will make him a trusted representative of the community.

Jarett is concerned about future energy costs in Santa Clara, potential tax and fee increases, the city’s debt load, and how the community will be shaped as commercial development begins on Rachel Drive.

Tode Hafen Mary Jo (Tode) Hafen

Tode Hafen has enjoyed living in Santa Clara most of her adult life. This includes more years than she would care to admit, but she has enjoyed every minute of it. She has witnessed the growth of a small community of 300 to the beautiful, vibrant city we all enjoy today. She and her husband, Brad, are the parents of seven children who are now raising families of their own.

Believing that volunteerism and community involvement are central to a strong community, Tode has shown commitment to these values. She has been involved in a wide variety of civic entities through the years and is currently serving her second term on the city council as mayor pro tem.

Tode is grateful for the leadership through the years that have made Santa Clara the wonderful place that it is and understands the hard work involved to continue that tradition. Our city is continuously facing complex issues such as maintaining our infrastructure, on a limited tax base and insuring a reliable power source amid ever extending EPA regulations.

Tode loves and is committed to our beautiful city and would appreciate the chance to play a role as we strive honor the heritage of Santa Clara while embracing the vibrancy of our day. She would like to be your voice as we face the challenges of the future, and welcomes your interaction. Phone: 435-674-7234,

Herb Pic Herbert K. Basso

I would appreciate your vote for me, to enable me to serve you further as City Councilman, protecting your tax dollar while strengthening Santa Clara’s future.

My commitment has always been:

  • Keep Santa Clara a safe community
  • Advocate for wise economic development
  • Preserve the agricultural component of our town
  • Promote the preservation of Santa Clara’s history and small town ambiance
  • Assure that growth is paid for through impact fees
  • Protect rights and freedoms of individual citizens

I have enjoyed serving on the Santa Clara City Council.  My service has enabled me to make an impact in the community.  I love Santa Clara.  Living here motivates me to make decisions and influence policy with the private citizen in mind.  All of my actions and commitments have been guided by the Christian values that I try to live by.  We may not agree on every issue, but I believe all of us have something to add to our community that will make Santa Clara a wonderful place to live.


Herbert K. Basso
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