The New Mayors and Council Members Academy is a voluntary educational program designed and offered to newly elected city officials to better prepare them for the strenuous demands and requirements of locally elected public office. However, the Academy is not just for the newly elected. Several incumbent city officials attend the training in order to continue their own education, stay current on new requirements and learn new skills beneficial to the public they serve.
During this year’s Academy, attendees received training on a wide range of topics, including ethics, financial responsibilities, communication strategy and legal obligations. Seasoned city officials taught the sessions along with League staff and experts who shared their wealth of knowledge and time-tested advice on being an effective local official.
Attendees also received state-mandated AB 1234
ethics training for local officials and certification. Most materials
from the conference are now posted online and financial responsibilities materials
are available as well.
Upon completion of the three-day academy, attendees satisfied level one of a three-tiered graduation requirement regiment prescribed by the department under Mayors and Council Members Leadership Academy (MCA). The League is proud to recognize members as they climb the three levels required by Department for MCA graduation: Leadership, Advanced Leadership and Leadership in Action.
Mayors and council members are asked to self-report their accomplishments to Sarah Cuneo
for recognition. For more information on each level and graduation requirements please visit the Department’s webpage
The League would like to thank all attendees whose hard work and dedication to public service made this year’s New Mayors and Council Members Academy a success. In addition, the League extends special thanks and recognition to the Department’s Executive Committee for putting on such a comprehensive educational program: President Mark Wheetley, mayor, Arcata; First Vice President Neal Andrews, council member, Ventura; Second Vice President Madeline Kellner, council member, Novato, Immediate Past President Jim Goodhart, mayor, Palos Verdes Estates and League Board Member Alan Wapner, mayor pro tem in Ontario.