Cathedral City Council Member Gregory Pettis was elected to the League of California Cities board of directors on Friday, Sept. 17 in San Diego. The new officers were introduced at the closing general session of the League’s 112th Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego on Sept. 17. Pettis will serve a two-year term on the board of directors.

Council Member Pettis was elected as an at-large member of the board and comes from the Riverside County Division of the League, which is comprised of 24 cities in Riverside County. First elected to the Cathedral City Council in 1994, Pettis served as mayor pro tem from 1996-1998 and 2000-2006. Much of his efforts have been focused on enhancing the quality of life for residents in his community, including the city’s Safe Routes to School Program, the Residential Landscape Program, the Ground Water Conservation Program and the First-Time Homebuyer Program.

Pettis is actively involved with a number of regional organizations such as the Southern California Association of Governments, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, the Southern California Air Quality Management District, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments and the U.S./Mexico Sister City National Association.

“This is an exciting time to join the League’s Board of Directors. With a new Governor, comes a new opportunity to redefine the relationship between city and state. Prop. 22 is a critical part of solving the financial struggle cities have gone through. A YES vote will forever stop Sacramento from stealing local government’s money,” said Council Member Pettis.

“Council Member Greg Pettis returns to the League board at a critical time for local government. He has a genuine understanding of the need for local funding and his history with the organization will bring a wealth of knowledge to the table in a time it is needed most,” said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie.

Pettis has a long history of engagement with the League, participating on the Housing, Community and Economic Development and Revenue & Taxation Policy Committees, Mayors and Council Members Executive Forum Program Committee and the Grassroots Organizing Committee. He previously served on the League’s board of directors from 2002-2004.

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.