SACRAMENTO — The League of California Cities announced the election of Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara as the organization’s first vice president. The election occurred on Sept. 19 during the League’s 115th Annual Conference & Expo in Sacramento.
Mayor Ferrara was elected second vice president in 2012 and has served in that position for the past year. Next September he will advance to League president. Also in this week’s election San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros became the League’s president, replacing Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard who held the office for the past year. Mayor Bogaard becomes immediate past president. Stockton Council Member Katherine Miller was elected second vice president.
"It is an honor and privilege to serve the League of California Cities as first vice president,” remarked Ferrara. “The work of the League is vitally important. Protecting local revenues and the rights of municipalities to effectively govern their own communities and to promote local and regional economic development, has been and will remain the priority of the League."
First elected to the Arroyo Grande City Council in 1998, Ferrara has been elected mayor six times since 2002. He joined the League board of directors in 2007 and has a long history of involvement with the organization. Ferrara is a member of the League’s Public Safety Policy Committee and previously served as chair of that committee. In addition, Mayor Ferrara has served as president of both the League’s Channel Counties Division and Mayors and Council Members department.
Ferrara spent 42 years in law enforcement and emergency management training and planning at the both county and state levels and served for 12 years as a military policeman and helicopter pilot in the Army National Reserves. Engaged locally, he sits on the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments board of directors as well as well as the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. He is an active volunteer with Arroyo Grande In Bloom, a private, nonprofit beautification organization, and was recently appointed to the America in Bloom board of directors, an organization of community beautification organizations nation-wide.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie congratulated Mayor Ferrara on his election as League of California Cities first vice president. “Tony is committed to not only Arroyo Grande but all California cities. His wealth of experience and expertise in public safety and local government are integral to the leadership of the League.”
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.