LOS ANGELES — The League of California Cities announces the election of Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara as its incoming 2014-15 president. Mayor Ferrara was installed on Sept. 5 during the League’s 116th Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles and will now lead the organization for the coming year.
Mayor Ferrara was elected League second vice president in 2012 and advanced to the office of first vice president in 2013, serving a one year term in each role prior to being elected president. During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected Scotts Valley Council Member Stephany Aguilar as first vice president and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Dennis Michael as second vice president.
"I am honored to serve as president of the League of California Cities,” remarked Ferrara. “Our organization is the leading voice for California cities both here in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C. Together our members remain focused on fundamental policies that strengthen cities. Many cities are recovering from the Great Recession, and it’s critical that we have state and federal policies that support strong economic development. I look forward to working with the cities of California and representing our voice in the Legislature and with Congress.”
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 served as president of 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 new presidential role for the League of California Cities. “Tony brings decades of public safety and local government experience to his League presidency as well as a genuine concern for the strategic course of this organization. His leadership in Arroyo Grande exemplifies a true dedication to supporting policies that create strong and vibrant cities where residents enjoy a high quality of life, public safety is protected, local organizations thrive and business grows.”
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.