The League of California Cities® board of directors elected Grass Valley Council Member Jan Arbuckle to serve as its 2018–19 president. Council Member Arbuckle was installed on September 14 as part of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach.
During its meeting this week, the League board of directors also elected Murrieta Council Member Randon Lane to serve as first vice president and Yountville Mayor John Dunbar as second vice president. South San Francisco Council Member Rich Garbarino, who served as president in 2017–18, became immediate past president.
“I am truly honored to serve the cities of California as League president this year. A group of city officials formed this organization 120 years ago on the belief that cities working together can make each individual city stronger. This holds true today, and by uniting our voices on the major issues that affect all cities, we’re able to effect change and shape state and federal policy in a way that reflects the needs of cities and our residents. This year brings both challenges and opportunities, and I am looking forward to leading this organization as we continue to advocate for common sense policies that strengthen California cities,” said President Arbuckle.
After serving for two terms on the Nevada County Grand Jury, the Grass Valley City Council appointed Arbuckle in 2007 to fill a vacant seat on the council. Elected in November 2008 to a four-year term on the Grass Valley City Council, her council colleagues selected her to serve as vice mayor. The Grass Valley City Council selected her mayor in 2010. She held this position until 2012 and was re-elected to the council that same year. Voters re-elected Council Member Arbuckle again in 2016.
“Congratulations to Grass Valley Council Member Arbuckle for being elected as The League of California Cities Board President! We are lucky to live in a community with engaged elected officials who are highly involved in their State Associations, showing a commitment to exemplary public service for residents in Nevada County and our cities,” said Alison Lehman, Nevada County Executive Officer.
Council Member Arbuckle served as the first woman chair of the League’s Public Safety Policy Committee, a position she held in 2012 and 2018. A co-founder of the League’s Women’s Caucus, she served as president of the caucus from 2015–2017. In 2017–2018, Council Member Arbuckle was co-chair of the League California State Association of Counties Joint Homelessness Task Force. Professionally, she served for almost two decades with the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department where she was a deputy sheriff. She remains a reserve deputy and participates in the department’s Peer Support Program.
“Jan is a strong and experienced leader. Since the start of her service on the Grass Valley City Council in 2007, she has been an active member of the League, contributing her expertise to our organization in so many different capacities. Now as president, Jan will lead our collective efforts to protect local government authority and advocate for the issues that are most important to California cities,” said League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman.
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.