Riverside, CA — The Riverside Division of the League of California Cities® honored La Quinta Council Member Terry Henderson as the first recipient of its Outstanding Public Service Award. Corona Vice- Mayor Karen Spiegel presented Henderson with the award at a meeting of the Division on Monday Nov. 18, in Hemet. The newly created award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to represent, protect, and better their community and exhibit dedication to public service through: outstanding service to municipal government, leadership and engagement with the League of California Cities.
Henderson, who has served on the La Quinta City Council since 1995, was not notified in advance that she was to receive an award. Accepting her award, Henderson spoke about her commitment to public service and her involvement with the League both regionally and at the statewide level. “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by my colleagues as an outstanding public servant. I first ran for council almost 20 years ago because I cared deeply about La Quinta. Being involved with the League has contributed greatly to my skills as a member of our city council and the various boards and commissions on which I also serve.”
Vice Mayor Spiegel, who also serves as the Riverside Division President, congratulated her friend and colleague on the recognition: “Terry exemplifies the epitome of public servant. From her tenure on the Desert Sands Unified School District’s Board of Education in the 1970s to her position on the La Quinta City Council, Terry has made service the cornerstone of her life.”
Throughout her public service career Henderson has made it a priority to participate on various other boards and commissions. Among her many roles Henderson: is involved with the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Local Agency Formation Commission for Riverside County, and previously served on the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority, the Jacqueline Cochran Airport, and Coachella Valley Animal Campus.
In addition, Henderson is one of the most active members of the League of California Cities, the statewide association that advocates for California cities in Sacramento and Washington, DC. A long-term member of the board of directors, Henderson was active in the League’s efforts to pass Proposition 1A (2004) and Proposition 22 (2010) to protect and secure local revenues. For many years Henderson has sat on the League’s Revenue and Taxation Policy Committee, including a term as
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.