SAN JOSÉ — The League of California Cities ® today presented Clovis Council Member Harry Armstrong with a special recognition for his extensive service on the League board of directors. The honor was given during the opening General Session of the League’s 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San José. Council Member Armstrong, who served as League president from 1982-1983, leaves the board on Oct. 1 after serving a combined total of 27 years.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie presented Council Member Armstrong with a plaque from the League commending his contributions to the statewide organization that represents California’s cities in the state capitol and in Washington, D.C. “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. The League of California Cities is eternally grateful for Harry’s 27 years of service on to our, our South San Joaquin Valley Division, our Transportation, Communications and Public Works Policy Committee, and countless task forces on important policy issues for cities,” said McKenzie.
Council Member Armstrong expressed his gratitude in accepting the award. “The League has played such a critical role in improving and protecting all of our city’s interests over the years. I hope that by my participation on League committees, as a member of the Board, and as a League President, that I’ve been part of that success. As I look back over the last 45 years, I can relish in all the friends that I have made, and the accomplishments that we have all achieved. I’ve been truly blessed.”
Council Member Armstrong is California’s longest serving city council member. 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 has played an integral role with the League of California Cities. In addition to his long tenure on the League board and his service as League president, Council Member Armstrong also represented his community on League policy committees, which help shape statewide policy affecting cities. Since 1984 he has been a member of the Transportation, Communication and Public Works Policy Committee and served as chair of that committee for four years from 2006-2010. This committee tackles some of the most significant infrastructure issues facing California cities. From 1972-1973, Council Member Armstrong was the president of the League’s South San Joaquin Valley Division.
Beyond the city of Clovis, Council Member Armstrong has been committed to the larger Fresno area through his engagement with the League’s South San Joaquin Valley Division and the boards of numerous local agencies including the Fresno County Water Advisory Board, the Fresno Transportation Authority, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, City Undergrounding Committee, Upper Kings River Water Basin Management Agency, and the Fresno Visitors and Convention Center Bureau. He is a member of the Clovis Rodeo Association, a D.A.R.E board member and previously served with the United Way.
Founded in 1898, the League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities. The League’s mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.