City of La Quinta: Gem of the Desert

Council Member Profiles

La Quinta City Council

The La Quinta City Council serves as the legislative and policy-making body of the City. The Council is comprised of five members and meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. The City Council is responsible for appointment of the City Manager and the City Attorney. It serves as the Board of Directors for the Financing Authority. In addition, the Council serves as the legislative authority for the La Quinta Lighting and Landscaping District.

To contact a Council Member, please email or call (760) 777-7030.


Don Adolph, Mayor Mayor Don Adolph moved to La Quinta in 1989. He and his wife, Diane, have been active members of the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, the La Quinta Arts Foundation, the La Quinta Historical Society and the Friends of the La Quinta Library. Mayor Adolph is also a member of the La Quinta Rotary and served for many years as Chair of the PGA West Architectural Committee.

Mayor Adolph served on the La Quinta Planning Commission before being elected to the La Quinta City Council in 1995 and was elected Mayor in 2002, and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. His current term expires in 2014. Mayor Adolph also serves on the Sunline Executive Board, the Joint Water Policy Advisory Committee and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments Executive Committee.

Mayor and Mrs. Adolph enjoy golf, traveling, and spending time with their 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.  

 KRISTY FRANKLINPhoto of Council Member Kristy Franklin, COUNCIL MEMBER

Council Member Kristy Franklin was first elected to the La Quinta City Council in 1989, but had to resign after two years of service because of a battle with breast cancer.  She was re-elected in 2008 to a four-year term.  During her current term, Kristy has been Mayor Pro Tem, and has chaired both the La Quinta Redevelopment Agency and the Housing Authority.  La Quinta City Council members are all asked to serve on various committees that support regional issues.  Over the past three years Council Member Franklin has been the representative for her community on: The Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy; the Animal Campus on which she is the current vice-chair; IID's Energy Consumer's Advisory Committee; the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport Authority, where she has been vice chair-and chair; CVAG's Homeless Committee; CVAG's Human Resources Committee, current vice-chair; and the Calfiornia Joint Powers Insurance Authority.  She is also the Council's representative to the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and is serving a 3-month rotating term as chair of the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce workshop/information exchange committee.

Council Member Franklin received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Florida and is a huge "Gator" fan.  She and her husband Bruce have three children and one very precious grandson, Wiley, who is in third grade at Sacred Heart School in Palm Desert.

Council Member Franklin has worked extensively in the business community; first for Xerox Corporation; then as a legal administrator, developer of residential and commercial properties, and golf course owner and operator.  She has held a California real estate license for 20 years.

Community  involvement continues to be a priority for Council Member Franklin.  She and her husband Bruce are members of the La Quinta Arts Foundation, the La Quinta Historical Society and the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce.  She recently completed her training to be a Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.

Council Member Franklin's passion is her long-standing involvement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coachella Valley.  Her first involvement with this group was as a board member when Indio was the only club in the East Valley.  She was in on the ground floor when the La Quinta Club was being planned and built.  She also was instrumental in the building of a Boys and Girls Club in Newman, Georgia.  She says "what better way to give back than to help provide a SAFE environment for children to learn and be motivated." 

Council Member Terry Henderson

Council Member Terry Henderson has lived in the Coachella Valley since 1969. She was elected to Desert Sands Unified School District's Board of Education in 1973 completing her term in 1977.  She co-owned a construction/engineering company until 1994.  She was appointed to the La Quinta City Council in 1995, elected in 1997, and re-elected in 2002, 2006, and 2010.   Her term expires in 2014. She is the Vice Chair of the La Quinta Finance Authority.

Council Member Henderson serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission.  She also serves on the Local Agency Formation Commission for Riverside County (past Chair) and on the Boards of the National League of Cities, the League of California Cities and the Riverside Division for the League of California Cities.

In addition, Council Member Henderson serves as Chair of CVAG's Transportation Committee and on its Public Safety Committee and the Library Zone Board.  She served as Chair of the Santa Rosa San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Advisory Committee.  She is a member of the La Quinta Historical Society and the Arts Foundation.Honors include selections as a 2002 Woman of the Year for the 80th Assembly District,  2002 Woman of Distinction by Soroptimist International of La Quinta-Coachella Valley and 2007 WTS Woman of the Year in Transportation.


Photo of City Council Member Linda Evans

Council Member Linda Evans is a California native and moved to La Quinta in March 2003.  She was appointed to the City Council in June 2009 to complete a term through November 2010. She was elected in 2010; her term expires in 2014.  She currently serves as Chair of the Housing Authority. She serves on the Coachella Valley Association of Governments' Coachella Valley Conservation Commission and Energy and Environmental Resources Committee.

Council Member Evans has worked in the healthcare industry for over twenty years, spending the last fourteen years in hospital administration.  She is the Associate Administrator of Business Development at JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio and has worked for JFK's parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, at four other hospitals in Southern California.

Council Member Evans received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton. She holds two Master's Degrees: one in Health Administration and the other in Gerontology, both obtained from the University of La Verne, California.  Linda continues to be involved in our community and is Chair of the local Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors.  She has also served on the local Board of Directors for the following organizations: American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce.  Linda served as Chair for the La Chamber of Commerce from 2006 to 2008 and recently retired her position on the Chamber Board when she was appointed to Council.

Linda and her husband, Tim (Bender) embrace the desert's scenic beauty and endless sunshine.


Lee OsbourneMayor Pro Temporare Lee M. Osborne moved to La Quinta in July 1992.  He was elected in 2012.  His term expires in 2016.  He previously served on the City Council from 2002 to 2008, and completed a term from January 2012 to November 2012.  During that time, he served on the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport Authority and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments Human and Community Resources Committee.  He also served on the La Quinta Investment Advisory Board for seven years.  He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Housing Authority.  Mayor Pro Temporare Osborne currently serves on the Coachella Valley Association of Governments' Valley-Wide Homelessness Committee. 

Mayor Pro Temporare Osborne is a partner in the accounting firm of Osborne Rincon and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He serves as treasurer for the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone Authority, on the Community Housing Council, and is a member of the Foundation Board of the Coachella Valley Boys and Girls Clubs and the La Quinta Rotary Club. 

 Lee and his wife Nancy have five children.