Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara has been elected president of the League of California Cities board of directors’ executive committee.
Ferrara had previously served as the association’s first vice president, according to a news release. He replaces outgoing League President and San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros, who held the position for the past year.
The newly elected board was introduced during the League’s 116th annual conference and expo in Los Angeles. The association brings together California city officials to exchange information, combine resources and enhance skills, and works to protect local control of cities.
Ferrara was first elected to the Arroyo Grande City Council in 1998 and has been elected mayor six times since 2002. He joined the League board of directors in 2007 and is a member of its Public Safety Policy Committee.
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He spent 42 years in law enforcement and emergency management training and planning at the county and state levels, and served for 12 years as a military policeman and helicopter pilot in the Army National Reserves.
“With an extensive background in public safety and his role as mayor, Ferrara understands that providing important local services while maintaining revenues is essential for all cities,” League Executive Director Chris McKenzie said in the news release.