SAN JOSÉ — The League of California Cities® elected Lodi Mayor JoAnne Mounce as its incoming 2015-16 first vice president. Mayor Mounce was inducted on Oct. 2 during the League’s 117th Annual Conference & Expo in San José.
Council Member Mounce serves as first vice president for a one-year term before advancing to president in September 2016. During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael as 2015-16 president and Palos Verdes Estates Mayor James Goodhart as second vice president.
“Economic development and the critical need for greater investment in infrastructure at the local and state levels are among California’s most pressing issues. I am honored to serve the League as first vice president and continue working with our executive officers, board of directors and greater membership on major statewide policy issues facing California cities,” said Council Member Mounce.
First elected to the Lodi City Council in 2004, Council Member Mounce has since been appointed mayor twice. She has held many positions within the League of California Cities, including member of the board of directors, two time president of the Central Valley Division, member of the Administrative Services Policy Committee and member of the Audit Committee. Council Member Mounce has worked to gather signatures and raise funds for several League sponsored ballot measures.
Her professional experience includes 30 years in the accounting and tax management industry. As a small business owner, Council Member Mounce focuses on business start-ups and assisted many San Joaquin County businesses untangle governmental compliance. For the past 10 years, she has managed the Stockton-based accounting firm Dougherty CPAs, Inc.
Engaged locally, Council Member Mounce has served on the Lodi Youth Commission, the San Joaquin Council of Governments, and as liaison to the Central Valley Division of the League of California Cities. As a third generation Lodian, she is an active volunteer with LRWF Unit, the Lodi Historical Society and many other community organizations.
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie congratulated Mayor Mounce on becoming first vice president for the League of California Cities. “JoAnne’s strong commitment to the city of Lodi and all California cities is exemplary. She uses her professional background in accounting to evaluate the fiscal effects of statewide policy on local government and brings this expertise to her role as first vice president.”
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 restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.