LONG BEACH — The League of California Cities® introduced the newly-elected 2016–17 board of directors’ executive committee today during the League’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach.
Lodi Council Member JoAnne Mounce advances into the role of League president, replacing Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael, who has held the position for the past year. Palos Verdes Estates Council Member James Goodhart was elected first vice president and South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino joins the executive officers as second vice president.
Under the League’s bylaws officers serve a one-year term with the outgoing president, Michael, becoming immediate past president and continuing as an active member of the League’s executive committee. Mounce fills the role of her current position after serving the past year as the first vice president and Council Member Goodhart becomes first vice president after serving his past term of second vice president.
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, served twice as 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.
Council Member Mounce has served locally 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 Council Member Mounce on her new presidential role for the League of California Cities. “JoAnne is an incredibly dedicated public servant who believes in the power of local engagement and understands the impact cities have when they work together. Her professional background in financial planning and accounting is an incredible asset to our organization because she is able to look at issues through both the macro and micro lens and evaluate the long-term effects of policies.”
McKenzie also recognized the dedicated service of Michael as League president. “Dennis has led our organization with incredible integrity and commitment. He made it his mission to connect with cities in every corner of the state to help better connect them to the League. I am grateful to Dennis for his leadership and congratulate him on all that he has worked to accomplish this year.”
Outgoing League president and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor, L. Dennis Michael, congratulated Council Member Mounce on her new role of president saying, “I leave the League in some very capable hands with JoAnne Mounce as our new leader. Her long tenure of participation in the League and her skills as a city council member have prepared her to represent California cities in the state’s capitol and in Washington, D.C.”
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.