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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Department Officers

President - John Minto, Mayor, Santee
First Vice President - Susannah Meyer, Council Member, Brentwood
Second Vice President - Blanca Pacheco, Mayor, Downey
Immediate Past President - Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch
Department Director - Lori Ogorchock, Council Member, Antioch

Policy Committee Representatives

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
Leadership Academy Torch Program

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   
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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.

Apply now and be recognized for your achievements. Contact Meghan McKelvey, Manager, Department & Membership Services, for more information or to submit your qualifications.

A list of Mayors and Council Members who have received recognition since 2003 can be found here: Leadership (Level 1),   Advanced Leadership (Level 2) and Leadership in Action (Level 3).

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Contact Staff

McKelvey, Meghan
Meghan McKelvey
Department and Member Services Manager
(916) 658-8253


Zachary Seals
Administrative Associate, Member Services
(916) 658-8204