LONG BEACH — The League of California Cities® Past Presidents Council today announced the selection of a former League employee as the recipient of the 2018 Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award. JoAnne Speers received her honor today during the opening General Session of the League’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach.
JoAnne’s tenure with the League spanned 25 years. Originally hired as a staff attorney, she later became general counsel before joining the Institute for Local Government as its executive director. ILG promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities. Its goal is to assist local leaders govern openly, effectively and ethically, work collaboratively and foster healthy and sustainable communities. She left ILG and the League in 2014 to pursue a new form of service to local governments as a professor, teaching the next generation of public servants first at the University of San Francisco and now at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
Under her leadership, the League City Attorneys’ Department published the first California Municipal Law Handbook, a publication that remains the most comprehensive compendium of laws affecting local governments in the state. At ILG, she transformed the organization and established its main program areas. Her work has been honored by several institutions including the State Bar’s Public Law Section and the American Society of Public Administration.
League Immediate Past President JoAnne Mounce, mayor pro tem, Lodi, presented Speers with her award and congratulated her on this achievement.
“It is an honor to celebrate the contributions of JoAnne Speers as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the course of a quarter of a century, JoAnne drove the creation of numerous resources, policies and initiatives that continue to support the work we do today as city leaders. She exemplifies public service, and this award is an acknowledgement of her dedication and contributions,” said Mounce.
The League Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1996 and is given annually to an individual who has made a significant and unique contribution to the state or his or her community over an extended period of years. Preference is given to nominees with close ties to cities; however, nominees may also be selected from the categories of local government leaders, academics/teachers, authors, media producers, community leaders and state or national leaders.
Founded in 1898, the League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to enhance their knowledge and skills, exchange information, and combine resources so that they may influence policy decisions that affect cities. The League’s mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.