He retired from the Clovis City Council in 2016 after being elected for 12 terms, a 46 year career in public service that included his tenure as mayor and council member.
Council Member Armstrong stepped down from the League of California Cities Board of Directors in September 2015, after having served a combined total of 27 years. From 1982‒1983, he led the League as President. In addition, he was a member of the League’s Transportation, Communications and Public Works Policy Committee, a position he began in 1984, and was active in the South San Joaquin Valley Division.
In September 2015, League recognized Council Member Armstrong for his decades of service to California cities during the organization’s Annual Conference & Expo. 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 served as mayor five times.
League President Rich Garbarino expressed condolences from the organization and acknowledged Council Member Armstrong’s unsurpassed dedication to cities. “Our thoughts are with Harry’s family, friends and the entire Clovis community. Harry’s influence and impact on Clovis was tremendous and he brought his commitment, passion and expertise to every office he held in his community and with the League. Harry Armstrong exemplified the best of public service and his legacy in his city and with this organization is lasting,” said President Garbarino.
Transportation and water were is passion. Council Member Armstrong served as chair of the Fresno County Transportation Authority for 22 years, as well as chair of the Fresno County Water Advisory Board for 13 years, and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies for 21 years. In addition, he was instrumental in getting Freeways 180 East and 168 built.
Council Member Armstrong received numerous awards including the Rose Ann Vuich Ethical Leadership Award, League of California Cities’ Award for Service and Contributions to the Board of Directors, 2015 Fresno Council of Governments Regional Forum — Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence, Leadership & Commitment; he was inducted into the Clovis Hall of Fame in 2010, and was named the Grand Marshal of the Clovis Rodeo Association in 2015. The upcoming City of Clovis transit system hub will be named the William “Harry” Armstrong Transit Center.