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Chris McKenzie Announces Retirement Later This Year; League Board Begins Nationwide Search for Successor

August 23, 2016
League of California Cities® Executive Director Chris McKenzie informed the League board of directors in late June that after 17 years in the position and 40 years in public service overall, he intends to retire from the post later this year.
The board is conducting a nationwide recruitment for his successor, and the initial advertisement of the availability of the position has just occurred.

Commenting on his decision, McKenzie said: “One of my greatest joys has been helping cities focus on their common interests, assisting the leaders of the League in setting strategic goals each year, and working with my colleagues and city officials to advance and achieve them. It has been a privilege to have worked with so many talented city colleagues over the years. The League has a great staff that believes that every day together serving the best cities in the country is an honor that gives us a lasting sense of professional accomplishment. I want to thank all the officers and directors of the League over the years, and the extremely supportive staff and membership, for this incredible opportunity and privilege. The League is and will continue to be an outstanding asset to our cities and the state of California.”
Commenting on the announcement, League President Dennis Michael, mayor of Rancho Cucamonga, said: “The board unanimously expressed its appreciation for Chris’ many years of dedicated service. During his time the League has grown tremendously, and in the months ahead we will have a chance to celebrate these milestones and Chris’ contributions. The board also approved the retention of an executive recruitment firm and the formation of a special board search committee to assist us in recruiting and hiring a qualified successor to Chris. I know city officials throughout California join us in wishing Chris the best in this next stage of his life. He has been a true friend and outstanding leader of our organization.”
McKenzie plans to stay on as executive director until a short time after the Oct. 5-7 League Annual Conference in Long Beach where he will have a chance to say farewell to city officials and friends.

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