SOURCE: League of California Cities

September 26, 2008 20:06 ET

League of California Cities' Annual Conference Wraps Up: New Board Officers Named

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - September 26, 2008) - The League of California Cities today announced the election of new officers to form the 2008-2009 executive committee of its board of directors. The new officers were introduced at the closing general session of the League's 110th Annual Conference in Long Beach.

Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo was elected to serve as the League's president, assuming the post held for the past year by San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Jim Madaffer. Rolling Hills Estates Council Member Judy Mitchell was elected as first vice president, and Rancho Cordova Council Member Ken Cooley was elected and will join the League's executive committee as second vice president.

The League's bylaws call for officers to serve one-year terms. Under the League's bylaws, Madaffer now becomes immediate past president of the League and remains a member of the League's executive committee. Fargo moves up to her current position after serving the past year as first vice president. Mitchell has served the past year as second vice president.

Heather Fargo was elected to the Sacramento City Council in 1989. In 2000, she was elected mayor and assumed the position in 2001. Mayor Fargo has been a member of the League's board of directors since 2003 and joined the executive committee in 2006.

"Council President Pro Tem Madaffer has been an outstanding leader for the League of California Cities during this historic year," said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie. "His leadership, and that of our entire executive committee, has been critical to our success in protecting local control and building strong partnerships statewide."

Keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D., addressed the attendees at the close of the general session. A renowned presidential historian and gifted storyteller, Dr. Goodwin's timely remarks came just before the first presidential debate between Republican Party nominee Sen. John McCain and Democratic Party nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

"I am talking about lessons of leadership, drawing from great leaders of history, particularly Abraham Lincoln. Even though he was at a national level, at a time of great crisis, the qualities that he showed -- his political skills and his emotional strength -- are precisely the qualities that make for good leaders at any level," commented Goodwin.

"These strengths are what we should be using to measure the presidential candidates rather than superficial markers."

A complete program from the annual conference can be viewed online at

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