Council Robert J. McGarvey was elected to the first City Council in 2002 and reelected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. He served as Vice Mayor in 2005, 2010, 2014 and 2018, and as Mayor in 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Contact Information

Phone 916-851-8700
Address 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova CA 95670

Represents the City:

  • National League of Cities First Tier Suburbs Steering Committee and General Committee
  • League of California Cities Administrative Policy Committee (Sacramento Valley Division Representative)
  • Mayors & Board Chair Forum
  • Mather Community Campus Community Advisory Committee
  • Rancho Cordova Sister Cities Council
  • Sacramento Transportation Authority
  • Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District Board
  • Folsom Lake College Foundation
  • Kilgore Cemetery Subcommittee
  • Growing Strong Neighborhoods Subcommittee
  • Elk Grove Unified School District 2x2*
  • Golden State Water 2x2*
  • Sacramento County 2x2*
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District 2x2*
  • SMUD 2x2*
  • Veterans Day and Memorial Day Committees


Council Member Robert J. McGarvey and his wife Terri, have been homeowners in Rancho Cordova since 1967. He has been a steadfast leader in many community, church and school organizations and activities.

Bob, as he likes to be called, was named Rancho Cordova Man of the Year by The Grapevine Independent newspaper in 1987. He has been an active member of the Mather Restoration Advisory Board since 1994, a member of the Mather Community Campus oversight committee since 1994, a member of the Cordova Community Council since 1975, and three times President of the Cordova Community Council. During his first tenure as Mayor, he formed a Sister City Citizens Committee that resulted in Turrialba, Costa Rica becoming a Sister City with Rancho Cordova; he started the Rancho Cordova Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrations at the Sacramento VA Medical Center; and he created the first Rancho Cordova postcards because none could be found in the City. Since then, he led the drive to form Mather Veterans Village.

He retired from PacBell after 33 years working in the central offices and network operation center. He was a substitute teacher in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. He served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1967, with his last years of active duty being served at Mather AFB in the reserves.

He received an A.A. degree from Sacramento City College, and a B.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, camping, reading, and playing the piano. He and his wife, Terri, have four children and eight grandchildren.

*2x2: One or two Council members are appointed by the Mayor (therefore, not constituting a quorum) to meet with one or two board members from a partner agency for the purpose of building relationships and holding general discussions regarding projects of mutual interest.