McKenzie received the honor on Tuesday, Nov. 29 during CSAC’s Annual Meeting in Palm Springs. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant policy contributions.
“As the longtime executive director of the League, you were a strong ally to California counties. You were an unparalleled partner to ensure that there was a unified voice from local government on issues of mutual interest before the Legislature,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate while presenting the award.
McKenzie retired from the League of California Cities® at the end of October, having led the organization for 17 years. Throughout his tenure with the League, McKenzie helped shape the strong relationship between the two associations through countless efforts. The League and CSAC worked closely together in the passage of Proposition 1A in 2004, which protects local government revenues. More recently, McKenzie was instrumental in the creation of the Fix Our Roads Coalition, which comprises the League, CSAC, local government, transportation, labor and other interests working to pass a transportation funding package. He also helped create the joint CSAC-League Homelessness Task Force, which has now held two formal meetings to discuss strategies to help California’s homeless residents with supportive housing and critical services.