San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros was elected League’s president, replacing Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard who has held the role for the past year. Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara was elected first vice president and Stockton Council Member Katherine Miller was elected second vice president.
Under the League’s bylaws officers serve a one-year term with the outgoing president, Bogaard, becoming immediate past president and remaining a member of the League’s executive committee. Cisneros advances to his current position after serving the past year as first vice president and Ferrara becomes first vice president after serving his past term of second vice president.
Cisneros was appointed treasurer for the city and county of San Francisco in 2004 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom. He was then elected to the office in 2005 where he has served since. Prior to his being appointed treasurer, Cisneros was the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency general manager. He came to public service from the private sector where he held positions with a number of companies including IBM Corporation, Lotus Development Corporation, and Bank of Boston. Cisneros’ service with the League of California Cities includes the board of directors, the Latino Caucus board of directors, the Revenue and Taxation Policy Committee and various other task forces and committees.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie congratulated Treasurer Cisneros on his election as League of California Cities president. “In his role as city/county treasurer, José brings substantial municipal finance expertise to his office with the League and he has a keen understanding that cities must have stable revenues to provide the highest level of municipal services.”
McKenzie also acknowledged and commended the service of Bogaard as League president. “Mayor Bill Bogaard is a true statesman and a champion of strong California cities. The state of California can only be strong when all its cities are strong, and this value guided Bill’s leadership in the past year. His presence in Sacramento and throughout California has focused on efforts to strengthen and protect local control. We are grateful for his service,” said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie.
Outgoing League President and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard welcomed the incoming president saying, “It is an honor to ‘pass the gavel’ to José. California is at a crossroads and our cities will continue to be instrumental to the state’s success. I know that every California city will benefit from José’s experience, dedication and knowledge as he leads our organization.”
Founded in 1898, the League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities. The League’s mission is to restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.