The League is currently accepting applications from city officials interested in serving on the League 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 Monday, April 29.
If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Pam Herrera
at (916) 658-8229.
What are the positions on the League Board of Directors?
The League board of directors is composed of the League Officers (president, first vice president, second vice president, and immediate past president), a representative from each of the League’s 16 divisions, a representative from each of the League’s 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, the League is seeking candidates for six at-large positions and for second vice president. Applications for second vice president from southern California are encouraged.
Who is eligible to serve on the League board?
To be eligible to serve on the League board you must be officially in city service in a member city at the time of your appointment or election. Second vice president candidates must have served previously on the League 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 2019–20 board members begins immediately on the adjournment of the annual conference in October 2019.
The League Officers serve a term of one year, which begins immediately on the adjournment of the annual conference.
2019 – 20 Board Meetings and Travel Expenses
The League 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 2019–20 board meeting dates is below. The League will communicate the meeting dates, times and locations when finalized.
Dec. 4-6, 2019 Board Meeting
: This meeting is generally held in conjunction with the League Leaders Workshop. During this workshop the executive officers and leadership (departments, policy committees, divisions, caucuses, and board of directors) gather to set the League’s strategic priorities for the coming year. The meeting will be held this year in Napa at the Meritage Resort.
February, 2020 Board Meeting
: This meeting is generally held during February in a location selected by the League president.
April, 2020 Board Meeting
: This meeting is generally held in conjunction with Legislative Action Day in Sacramento. Legislative Action Day is a special opportunity for local officials to promote the importance of local priority issues to the Legislature and the Administration. All board members are encouraged to attend Legislative Action Day the day prior to the board of directors meeting.
June, 2020 Board Meeting
: This meeting is generally held in conjunction with the Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum.
September, 2020 Board Meeting
: This meeting is held in conjunction with the League’s annual conference.
In general, the League pays actual and necessary travel expenses incurred by board members attending the regular two-day board meetings. However, the League does not pay the expenses or the registration for directors attending League 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 at the expense of the director’s city. Expenses incurred by the League on behalf of the director, along with direct reimbursements, will be reported as required by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The League will supply the information necessary to submit your information and associated forms 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 29, the League’s nominating committee
will review all applications and select up to 12 finalists for the six open at-large positions.
At-large finalists, as well as all candidates for second vice president, will be invited to interview in person with the nominating committee the morning of Friday, June 21, at the Marriott Hotel, Newport Beach.
The at-large finalists and second vice president applicants will be contacted by email and regular mail with their interview time and interview location. Applicants not selected to become finalists will be contacted by both 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 (Oct. 16 – 18, in Long Beach). 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 (Oct.16).
Roles and Responsibilities of the League Board of Directors
In accordance with the by-laws of the League 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 the League’s strategic priorities;
- Support League 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.
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.
- Use your League position responsibly, e.g. do not imply League 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 the League.
- Become familiar with and follow conflict of interest legal requirements and policies to promote confidence in the League’s decision-making.
- Disclose potential conflicts of interest prior to voting on any matter before the board.
Roles and Responsibilities of the League Second Vice President/Treasurer
- Facilitate two-way communication between the League 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 the League 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 the League and encourage their participation in their division, on the League board, etc.
- Carries out the duties of the president and first vice president when they are unavailable;
- Serves as a member of the League’s Executive Committee;
- Participates in weekly Executive Committee calls;
- Helps to achieve the organization’s annual strategic goals;
- Represents the League leadership team at various events;
- Participates in League meetings and conferences in Sacramento, and around the state;
- As a member of the League Executive Committee, attends and represents the League at the NLC national conferences;
- City Summit is NLC’s annual conference and is held in a different city and state each year. In 2019, the City Summit conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, Nov. 20 – 23. In 2020, the City Summit will be held in Tampa, FL, Nov. 18 – 21.
- Congressional City Conference is NLC’s legislative conference that is 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. In 2020, the Congressional City Conference dates are March 8 – 11.
- 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 League Audit Committee or the Board Finance Committee.
- The Board Finance Committee is charged with the responsibility to:
- Collaborate with League staff on preparation of the League 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 League Audit Committee is charged with the responsibility to:
- Select the League’s 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.
 2019 Nominating Committee: Chair: JoAnne Mounce, council member, Lodi; Denise Athas, mayor pro tem, Novato; Jim Lewis, city manager, Pismo Beach; Dan DeSmidt, police chief, Belmont; Steve Hofbauer, mayor, Palmdale; Clint Lorimore, council member, Eastvale; Eric Nickel, fire chief, Santa Barbara; Dan Parra, council member, Fowler; Sam Spagnolo, council member, Rancho Cucamonga; Jess Talamantes, council member, Burbank, and Jerry Thorne, mayor, Pleasanton.