League of California Cities

Join the Cal Cities Board of Directors

Interested in serving on the 2021-22 Cal Cities Board of Directors?
Serving on the League of California Cities (Cal Cities) Board of Directors is an opportunity for you to be a statewide leader shaping state policy and the actions of the organization. Cal Cities is currently accepting applications from city officials interested in serving on the Cal Cities board in one of six at-large board positions or as second vice president. Below you will find information about what the positions entail and the application process.
Applications are due before close of business on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 
If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Pam Herrera at pherrera@cacities.org or (916) 658-8229.
What are the positions on the Cal Cities Board of Directors?
The Cal Cities board of directors is composed of the officers (president, first vice president, second vice president, and immediate past president); a representative from each of Cal Cities’ 16 divisions; a representative from each of Cal Cities’ 11 functional departments; the mayors or designees of the mayors of the 10 largest cities by population (listed as large city appointments); and 12 at-large positions, at least one of which shall be a small city representative (under 10,000 population). City officials serving on the National League of Cities (NLC) board of directors also serve on the League of California Cities board of directors for the duration of their NLC board term.
At this time, Cal Cities is seeking candidates for six at-large positions and for second vice president. Applications for second vice president from northern California are encouraged.
Who is eligible to serve on the Cal Cities board?
To be eligible to serve on the Cal Cities board you must be officially in city service in a member city. Second vice president candidates must have served previously on the Cal Cities board of directors.
How long are the terms of office?
The at-large board members serve a two-year term and may run for re-election. The two-year term for all newly elected 2021-22 board members begins immediately on the adjournment of the annual conference in September 2021. 
The Cal Cities officers serve a term of one year, which begins immediately on the adjournment of the annual conference.  Customarily, officers rotate through each of the officer positions, which requires a four-year commitment.
2021-22 Board Meetings and Travel Expenses
Cal Cities’ board of directors typically meets on a quarterly basis at locations throughout the state. Officers and directors are expected to attend all meetings. A preliminary list of 2021-22 board meeting dates is below. Cal Cities will communicate the meeting dates, times and locations when finalized.  
Board Meetings
December 2021 Board Meeting:  This meeting is generally held in conjunction with an event with the League Leaders (leadership from departments, policy committees, divisions, caucuses and board of directors) to discuss the Cal Cities strategic priorities for the coming year.
February 2022 Board Meeting: This meeting is generally held during February in a location selected by the Cal Cities president.
April 2022 Board Meeting: This meeting is expected to be held in conjunction with a new legislative and policy conference to be announced later this year.  This will be a special opportunity for local officials to promote the importance of local priority issues to the Legislature and the Administration.  
July 2022 Board Meeting: This meeting is generally held in late June or July.
September 2022 Board Meeting: This meeting is held in conjunction with the Cal Cities’ Annual Conference and Expo. 
Travel Expenses
In general, Cal Cities pays actual and necessary travel expenses incurred by board members attending the regular two-day board meetings. However, Cal Cities does not pay the expenses or the registration for directors attending Cal Cities conferences or institutes, nor the expense of directors attending board meetings held in connection with the annual conference, on the theory that as a city official, each director would already be attending the conference or institute at the expense of the director’s city. Expenses incurred by Cal Cities on behalf of the director, along with direct reimbursements, are reportable to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on the director’s Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700). Cal Cities will supply directors with the information necessary to submit the required information to the FPPC. 
If I apply, how are the at-large board members and the second vice president selected? 
After the application period has closed on April 27, 2021, the Cal Cities’ nominating committee[1] will review all applications and select up to 12 finalists to interview for the six open at-large positions. All candidates for second vice president will be interviewed by the committee.
At-large finalists, as well as all candidates for second vice president, will be invited to interview with the nominating committee prior to the Cal Cities summer board meeting in July 2021.  The at-large finalists and second vice president applicants will be contacted by email with their interview time and interview location.  Applicants not selected to become finalists will be contacted by email and regular mail.
At the board meeting directly following the nominating committee meeting, the board will vote to accept the recommendations of the nominating committee in full or part, or reject the recommendations. If the recommendations are accepted, the board shall consider final action (approval) on the recommended candidates at the annual conference (Sept. 22-24, 2021 in Sacramento). If the recommendations are accepted in part or rejected, the nominating committee shall make additional recommendations, which the board shall consider either at the same meeting or in a subsequent special meeting called by the president, no less than 30 days before the annual conference. The final recommendations of the nominating committee will be announced at the opening general session of the annual conference (Sept. 22, 2021).
Roles and Responsibilities of the Cal Cities Board of Directors
In accordance with the by-laws of the League of California Cities and the policies of the board, directors have the following collective and individual responsibilities:
General Governance Responsibilities
  • Determine and support the organization’s vision, mission and core beliefs;
  • Select and support the chief executive and review his or her performance;
  • Ensure adequate revenues and approve a budget for effective management of the revenues;
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the annual financial statements and the budget;
  • Participate in grassroots activities in support of Cal Cities’ strategic priorities;
  • Support Cal Cities ballot measure fundraising activities for CITIPAC and individual campaigns and contribute personally and through invitations to others;
  • Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services;
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board meetings;
  • Attend all board and general membership meetings, including periodic meetings by conference call, and notify the executive director of any planned or emergency absence and the reason for it (board members are only allowed three consecutive absences); and,
  • Serve on the nominating or other committees and offer to take on special assignments. 
Ethical Responsibilities
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.
  • Use your Cal Cities position responsibly, e.g. do not imply Cal Cities’ support of private or city positions or seek favors by virtue of your role as a board member.
  • Perform board duties in good faith and with such care as necessary to promote the best interests of Cal Cities.
  • Become familiar with and follow conflict of interest legal requirements and policies to promote confidence in the Cal Cities’ decision-making.
  • Disclose potential conflicts of interest prior to voting on any matter before the board. 
Communication Responsibilities
  • Facilitate two-way communication between Cal Cities and city officials within your sphere of influence (your own city, neighboring cities, division, department, caucus, policy committee, etc.).
  • Assume responsibility for interpreting board policy to the membership. Ensure Cal Cities speaks with “one voice” once the board has made a decision. Division and department representatives should report back directly on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that board members are aware of the views of city officials throughout the state.
  • Attend all appropriate division, department, or general membership meetings.
  • Seek out city officials who have the potential to strengthen Cal Cities and encourage their participation in their division, on the Cal Cities board, etc. 
Roles and Responsibilities of Cal Cities Second Vice President/Treasurer 
  • Carries out the duties of the president and first vice president when they are unavailable;
  • Serves as a member of the Cal Cities’ Executive Committee;
  • Participates in weekly executive committee calls;
  • Helps to achieve the organization’s annual strategic priorities;
  • Represents the Cal Cities leadership team at various events;
  • Participates in Cal Cities meetings and conferences in Sacramento, and around the state;
  • As a member of the Cal Cities Executive Committee, attends and represents Cal Cities at the NLC national conferences:
    • City Summit is NLC’s annual conference and is held in a different city and state each year. The 2021 City Summit conference will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 17-20. The 2022 City Summit conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, Nov. 16-19.
    • Congressional City Conference is NLC’s legislative conference held in March each year in Washington, D.C. It is an opportunity for city officials to promote the importance of local priority issues to Congress and the Administration. The 2022 Congressional City Conference will be held March 6-9.
  • Presides over the General Resolutions Committee at the annual conference and presents the report of the Resolutions Committee to the General Assembly at the annual conference;
  • Serves as chair for a two-year term of either the Cal Cities Audit Committee or the Board Finance Committee.  
    • The Board Finance Committee is charged with the responsibility to:
      • Collaborate with Cal Cities staff on preparation of the Cal Cities budget for Board consideration; and
      • Assist with financial matters such as reviewing the mid-year financial report and other internal financial issues as they arise.
    • The Cal Cities Audit Committee is charged with the responsibility to:
      • Select Cal Cities’ independent auditor;
      • Oversee the audit contract and interact directly with the audit team;
      • Identify any audit issues and, along with the independent auditor, report these to the Board; and
      • Coordinate with staff to ensure adequacy of accounting and internal control systems. 
Application Form
The application form is available here. Please note that the application text boxes expand to accommodate responses and that a bio or resume attachment is required at the time of submission. If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Pam Herrera at pherrera@cacities.org or (916) 658-8229.
[1] 2021 Nominating Committee:  Chair: Jim Lewis, city manager, Pismo Beach; Jan Arbuckle, vice mayor, Grass Valley; Denise Athas, council member, Novato; Emily Beach, council member, Burlingame; Ken Carlson council member, Pleasant Hill; Karen Goh, mayor, Bakersfield; George Harris, director of finance, Lancaster; Steve Hofbauer, mayor, Palmdale; Randi Johl, director of legislative affairs / city clerk, Temecula; Blanca Pacheco, mayor pro tem, Downey; Sam Spagnolo, council member, Rancho Cucamonga.
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