Council Member Paul W. Foster


Email Council Member Paul W. Foster

Mayor: 2015 – Present
Mayor Pro Tempore: 2010 – 2014
Redlands City Council: 2010 – Present

Elected 2010, 2014, 2018 (District 5)
Current Term: 2018-2022

Council Committee Assignments

City Commissions and Boards

Planning Commission (alternate)

Area-Wide Committees /Community Organizations

Redlands Chamber of Commerce (primary)
Redlands Conservancy (primary)
Redlands Service Club Council (primary)
Inland Empire Economic Partnership (alternate)
OMNITRANS (primary)

Background / Employment

Paul W. Foster was born, raised and attended school in San Diego, California. Attending the University of San Diego, Paul received his undergraduate degree in Political Science/Public Administration in 1980. Following his graduation Paul worked in the City Managers Office of several Southern California cities, including Vista, Pico Rivera, and Lake Elsinore. In 1982, Paul joined the Southern California Permanente Medical Group as the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Inland Counties. Paul attended the University of Redlands and received his Masters Degree in Human Resources in 1987. Shortly thereafter, he joined the operations staff of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and was promoted to the senior staff as Assistant Medical Group Administrator in 1987. In this position Paul was responsible for a staff in excess of 500 and a multi-million dollar operations and capital budget. He was an active participant in the expansion of the Fontana Medical Center Service Area, seeing the membership grow from 245,000 members to over 500,000. 

In his tenure, he has overseen the planning, development and operation of the SCPMG Rancho Cucamonga Medical Office, Loma Linda Medical Office, and most recently Redlands Medical Offices. Over his thirty-four years with SCPMG, Paul has been honored multiple times including the recipient of the organization’s Exceptional Contribution Award on five different occasions. Paul retired from Southern California Permanente Medical Group in 2016.


  • Boy Scouts of America – Scoutmaster Award of Merit
  • Boy Scouts of America – Golden Bow Award (presented by the Catholic Council on Scouting for Outstanding Contributions to Scouting)
  • Boy Scouts of America – Bronze Pelican Award (presented by Diocese of San Bernardino for Outstanding Contributions to Youth Development).
  • Boy Scouts of America – District Award of Merit (highest award given at a District level)
  • Boy Scouts of America – Silver Beaver Award (highest National Scouting Honor confirmed by the California Inland Empire Council)
  • City of Redlands Police Department – Chiefs Distinguished Service Medal (awarded for service to the youth of Redlands).
  • Redlands “Benchwarmers”- Community Leadership Award
  • Redlands Latino Leadership Award

Community Involvement

Arrowhead United Way

Allocation Committee: 1987-1989

Mt. Baldy United Way

Allocation Committee: 1987-1990

City of Redlands Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission

Vice Chairman: 1993-1994
Chairman: 1994-1996

Redlands Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Committee Chairman: 1992-1993
Board of Directors: 2006-2011
Government Review Committee Chairman: 2006
President-Elect: 2007
President: 2008
Past-President: 2009
Vice-President- Economic Development: 2009-2011

Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scouts Pack 16- Committee Chairman: 1996-1998
Boy Scouts Troop 11: 1996-2006
Assistant Scoutmaster: 1997
Advancement Chairman: 1998-2000
Scoutmaster: 2000-2006
Scoutmaster Emeritus: 2006 – Present
Grayback District Committee: 2006-Present
Founding President, Grayback District Executive Board: 2006-2007
Grayback District Finance Committee Chairman: 2009-2011
Grayback District Vice-Chairman: 2006-Present
California Inland Empire Executive Board: 2006-Present
Council Advancement Chairman: 2006-2011
2010 National Jamboree Chairman: 2008-2011
Vice-President Programs: 2013
Counsel Executive Vice-President: 2018-2020
Counsel President (San Bernardino/Riverside counties): 2020-2022 

City of Redlands Planning Commission 

Vice Chairman: 2008
Chairman: 2009-2011
Architectural Guidelines Subcommittee: 2008-2010

Assistance League of Redlands Capital Campaign Committee


City of Redlands Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Finance

Chairman: 2007-2008

City of Redlands Climate Action Task Force


Project Home Again

Founding Board of Directors

Family Services Association of Redlands

Board of Directors: 2009-2014
Facilities Committee: 2009-2011
Personnel Committee: 2009-2014

Y.M.C.A. of the East Valley

Board of Directors: 2009-Present

The Kiwanis Club of Redlands

Board of Directors: 2013 – 2018

Nicholas Chase Bornholdt Memorial Scholarship

Trustee: 2013 – Present

Redlands hometown heroes foundation

President: 2018-present


Paul is married to Juliana Foster, herself a medical administrator in Redlands. Paul and Juli have two sons, both Eagle Scouts; Taylor James Foster and Nicholas Chase Bornholdt (deceased).

Paul has resided in Redlands since 1982. 

Paul’s hobbies include community service and collecting antiques.