LONG BEACH — The League of California Cities® announces the election of Lodi Council Member JoAnne Mounce as its incoming 2016-17 president. Council Member Mounce was installed on Oct. 7 during the League’s 118th Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach and will now lead the organization for the coming year.
Elected as League second vice president in 2014, she advanced to the office of first vice president in September 2015. During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected Palos Verdes Estates Council Member James Goodhart as first vice president and South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino as second vice president.
“Working with the League of California Cities for years has been an important priority for my service on the Lodi City Council because I truly believe in the effectiveness of this dynamic organization that advocates on behalf of all cities. I am honored to be elected president by my peers and come to this leadership position with a desire to represent all of California’s diverse cities in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. I look forward to working with my League colleagues on the most pressing issues facing local government in this coming year.”
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.”
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.