Gene Barnett was elected to the City Council on June 3, 2008. Prior to his election, he was appointed to the City Council on June 26, 2007 to fill the seat vacated by Councilwoman Pat McIntyre upon her retirement on June 2, 2007. He currently serves as chair of the Finance and Governmental Operations Committee and is a member of the Citizen Development and Enrichment Committee, Strategic Plan Committee, Federal Legislative Advocacy Special Standing Committee. He is the Alternate Voting Delegate for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and the Council Liaison for the Sister City Association.
In the past, Councilman Barnett has been Chair of the Employee Relations and Public Safety Committee, as well as a member of the Armed Forces Day Committee, the Ad Hoc Centennial Committee, and the 2010 Ad Hoc State Legislative Advocacy Committee. Additionally, he served as the alternate voting delegate for the South Bay Economic Development Partnership (SBEDP).
Gene Barnett is a previous employee of the City of Torrance, serving 35 years before retiring as the Community Services Director on May 12, 2007. During his tenure as a department head, he provided leadership and guidance in the development of numerous significant projects, including the Torrance Cultural Arts Center; Charles H. Wilson Park; the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center; and Columbia, Descanso, Sur La Brea, Greenwood, Miramar, Discovery and Lago Seco parks.
A Torrance resident since 1954, Gene graduated from North Torrance High School, attended El Camino College and then California State University, Long Beach where he earned a bachelor's and master's degree in recreation/public administration.
He is married to former Torrance City Treasurer, Linda M. Barnett, and they have three daughters and six granddaughters.