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 - Melissa Hunt, Council Member, Anderson
First Vice President - Debbie Baker, Mayor, La Palma
Second Vice President - Kuldip Thusu, Council Member, Dinuba
Immediate Past President - Susannah Meyer, Vice Mayor, Brentwood
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 – Liz Wynn, Council Member, Visalia
- Environmental Quality – Anissa Williams, City Council Member, Oakley
- Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations - Eniko Gold, Council Member, Hidden Hills
- Housing, Community, and Economic Development – Sharon Springer, Council Member, Burbank
- Public Safety – Michael Vargas, Mayor, Perris
- Revenue and Taxation – Jack Balch, Council Member, Pleasanton
- Transportation, Communication, and Public Works – Ann Schneider, Council Woman, Millbrea
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
*if you are completing the Torch application for anyone other than yourself, contact Meghan McKelvey.
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.