Mayors and Council Members
The Mayors and Council Members Department provides networking opportunities and fosters professional development for department members through Cal Cities' educational and communication tools. It also serves as a technical and advisory resource to Cal Cities through its policy committee representatives.
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President - Susannah Meyer, Council Member, Brentwood
First Vice President - Blanca Pacheco, Mayor Pro Tem, Downey
Second Vice President - Melissa Hunt, Council Member, Anderson
Immediate Past President - John Minto, Mayor, Santee
Department Director - Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch
Appointed by the department president, each department has at least one representative on each of the Cal Cities' standing seven policy committees that can provide technical information to the committee as a whole to ensure that the department has a voice in the decision-making process, and make recommendations to the board of directors on legislative and policy issues.
- Community Services – Peggy McQuaid, Council Member, Albany
- Environmental Quality – Tom Butt, Mayor, Richmond
- Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations - Blanca Pacheco, Mayor Pro Tem, Downey
- Housing, Community, and Economic Development – Sharon Springer, Council Member, Burbank
- Public Safety – Michael Vargas, Mayor, Perris
- Revenue and Taxation – Patricia Lock Dawson, Mayor, Riverside
- Transportation, Communication, and Public Works – Alyssa Silhi, Mayor, Lincoln
The League of California Cities Mayors and Council Members Department honors the hard work and dedication of its peers through the Mayors and Council Members Torch Program. Each year, elected officials from throughout California earn recognition as they progress upward through three sequential levels of achievement:
- Level I – Leadership
- Level II – Advanced Leadership
- Level III – Leadership in Action
What is the program?
The Torch Program is an educational program for mayors and council members who are seeking continuing education to enhance their own knowledge and skills in order to better serve the public. The Torch Program is voluntary and achievements are self-reportable.
Be recognized for your achievements
Mayors and Council Members who reach Advanced Leadership and Leadership in Action levels of the Leadership Academy are honored at the League of California Cities' Annual Conference with a certificate and torch lapel pin. Cal Cities can also arrange for recognition at your own city council meeting and/or via a news release.