That date will be Council Member Armstrong’s last city council meeting, making him one of, if not the, longest serving elected city official in California.
The League last September recognized Council Member Armstrong for his decades of service to California cities during the organization’s Annual Conference & Expo. His involvement in the Clovis City government dates back to 1966 when he was appointed to the Clovis Planning Commission. First elected to the Clovis City Council in 1970, he has been re-elected 11 times and has served his city as mayor five times.
Council Member Armstrong stepped down from the League of California Cities board of directors in September 2015, after having served a combined total of 27 years on the board. He has been a member of the League’s Transportation, Communications and Public Works Policy Committee since 1984, and active in the South San Joaquin Valley Division.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie honored Council Member Armstrong for his dedication, leadership and service to the League. “Harry’s dedication to the cities of California is unsurpassed. He has brought incredible integrity and focus to his decades of service not only on the Clovis City Council but to the League of California Cities and all the other local government related organizations and agencies he has served,” said McKenzie. ”The League of California Cities is eternally grateful for Harry’s 27 years of service on to our South San Joaquin Valley Division, our Transportation, Communications and Public Works Policy Committee, and countless task forces on important policy issues for cities.”
Transportation and water have been his passion. Council Member Armstrong served as chair of the Fresno County Transportation Authority for 22 years, as well as chair of the Fresno County Water Advisory Board for 13 years, and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies for 21 years. In addition, he was instrumental in getting Freeways 180 East and 168 built.
Councilmember Armstrong has received numerous awards including the Rose Ann Vuich Ethical Leadership Award, League of California Cities’ Award for Service and Contributions to the Board of Directors, 2015 Fresno Council of Governments Regional Forum — Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence, Leadership & Commitment; he was inducted into the Clovis Hall of Fame in 2010, and was named the Grand Marshal of the Clovis Rodeo Association in 2015. The upcoming City of Clovis transit system hub will be named the William “Harry” Armstrong Transit Center.
Mayor Nathan Magsig stated: “Harry Armstrong has been a guiding force in Clovis for 50 years. No one person has had more of a positive impact on Clovis than Harry Armstrong. Clovis is today, and has been, the safest city in the Central Valley. It is a city of choice for young families. It is a community that is recognized nationally for excellence. Harry Armstrong has been a major part of making Clovis what it is for over 50 years, including serving on the Planning Commission. He has seen the community grow from a small farm town to a community with vast business, educational and recreational opportunities. Harry Armstrong has dedicated most of his life to bringing excellence to Clovis. This is a debt that can never be repaid.”