Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday afternoon announced the appointment of Arcata Mayor Mark Wheetley to the Seismic Safety Commission. Mayor Wheetley, who also serves on the League board of directors, will serve a four year term. He is now holds one of the city/county positions on the commission.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie congratulated Wheetley on his appointment. “Mark is a dedicated public servant who brings decades of experience as both a city official and a state scientist to this commission that deals with one of California’s most dangerous natural disasters. Local government interests will be well represented by Mark’s knowledge of environmental quality issues, infrastructure needs and public safety priorities.”
First elected to the Arcata City Council in 2005, Wheetley has served three terms as mayor. He began his career in public service working for the city of Arcata’s Planning and Public Works departments. He later worked for the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Conservancy. Currently Wheetley serves the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a senior biologist specialist. In his career as a scientist, Wheetley has tackled natural resource management challenges throughout California.
“We on the North Coast place a high value on being seismically aware and tsunami safe. I am honored that Governor Brown has entrusted me to represent the voice of local governments on the Seismic Safety Commission,” stated Wheetley.
Wheetley is engaged in a wide range of city and regional commissions as well as other community organizations. He represents the League’s Redwood Empire Division on the board of directors, is a board member of the California Association of Councils of Governments and serves as chair of the Humboldt County Association of Governments. In addition, he is involved with Making Headway, Discovery Museum, Friends of the Dunes, Special Olympics and Boy Scouts of America.
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.