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Councilmember Margaret Finlay

Accomplishments

  • Six-term mayor
  • Married to Brad for 34 years, with 5 children all having graduated from Duarte High School.  One son, James, has returned to do his residency in Lab Animal Medicine and PhD at City of Hope.
  • Executive Committee of the California Contract Cities 14 years
  • New soundwall on the south side of the freeway, protecting DHS and Northview and Westminster Gardens from aggravating freeway noise
  • Chairperson for the successful 1998 Measure B School Bond Campaign that is improving aging Duarte Schools
  • Expanded Senior Citizen transportation and more warm meals delivered to household Seniors
  • Duarte was named as a Finalist in the Duarte All-America City Competition
  • A partnership with the Feds for an enlarged post office parking lot
  • A new city website that provides a comprehensive list of city information and services
  • Cablecasting the City Council meetings for better communication
  • Crime statistics that have dropped 38%

Education

  • B.B.A. in Marketing, 1975, St. Mary’s College , Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Master’s in Public Administration, 2000, Cal State Long Beach
  • Doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University
  • Harvard University - Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program- 2004

Professorships/Speaker

  • Adjunct Professor - Policy Analysis Courses in MPA program at CSU, Long Beach Adjunct Professor - Policy Analysis Courses in MPA program at CSU, Long Beach
  • International Speaker on Municipal Government in Melbourne, Australia, June 2005
  • Speaker at different colleges at Azusa Pacific and Fullerton College

Experience

  • Los Angeles County LAFCO Commissioner, Elected 2005
  • Community Redevelopment Agency (a housing and community development agency) 15 yrs, Chairperson for 4 yrs.
  • Three-term Mayor of Duarte
  • League of California Cities, State Board of Directors, 4yrs.
  • National League of Cities, Board of Directors, 2 yrs.
  • National League of Cities, Small Cities Council Steering Committee, Chairperson (2000-2001)
  • National League of Cities Program Chair, Congress of Cities, December 2005
  • Institute for Local Government (research in government), League of California Cities Board Liaison
  • California Contract Cities Association, President (2004-2005)
  • California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Executive Committee, 9yrs.
  • San Gabriel Valley Vector Control District, 14yrs, President (2yrs)
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Board of Directors & Personnel Committee, 10 yrs.
  • 8 years L.A. County Library Commission, Legislative Chair, 8 yrs.
  • L.A. County Sheriff’s Liability Trust Fund Board
  • State Committee on Ethics in Government
  • Planning Commissioner
  • Traffic and Safety Commissioner
  • Duarte Education Foundation (serving the community education needs for low-to-moderate income students) President, 8 yrs.
  • Royal Oaks PTA (President)
  • Volunteer Guide for Tournament of Roses Floats
  • Church Youth Leader

Associations/Awards

  • Pi Alpha Alpha (National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society)
  • 4.0 GPA Graduation Award in the MPA Program at CSULB-2000

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