2016 Leadership Awards Reception

On October 26, 2016, the SGVCOG held the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony, recognizing individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the San Gabriel Valley.  The following individuals and groups were recognized:



Jack Phillips Award: Chief Kim Raney

The Jack Phillips Award is presented to those that champion innovation in the San Gabriel Valley. Chief Kim Raney was appointed Chief of the Covina Police Department in April 2001. He began his law enforcement career with the Covina Police Department in 1977 and is entering his 39th year of service.


Throughout his distinguished career, Chief Raney has been active in fostering a safer community by forging strong relationships and working collaboratively with political leadership, the business community, educational leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders. Chief Raney has implemented many initiatives at the Police Department and within the community, including the Youth Accountability Board to divert first time juvenile offenders, expanded the use of technology inside the Police Department, and recently implemented a city-wide camera system as another layer of security to the business community, government facilities, and the system is expandable to include local school campuses. 

Judy Wright Award: Mary Cammarano

The Judy Wright Award is presented to those that champion leadership in the San Gabriel Valley. It is fitting that the 2016 Judy Wright Award  go to someone played a critical role in the formation of the SGVCOG.


Mary Cammarano has been a leader in the San Gabriel Valley since 1989 when she was first elected to public office. Mary worked alongside Judy Wright and other officials from SGV cities to create a unified voice on transportation in the region. In 2008, Mary became the first woman to serve on the board for the San Gabriel County Water District. She has also served as of the San Gabriel Historical Association and co-chaired the San Gabriel City Centennial Committee in 2013.

Spirit of Service: Larry Stevens

Larry has been in public service for 44 years and his professionalism and dedication to bettering the San Dimas Community and the San Gabriel Valley as a whole is second to none. Larry has been a longtime Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments’ Planners Technical Advisory Committee, where he has always been the proactive attitude toward emerging issues, ensuring that our cities are at the forefront of zoning issues, especially regarding new technologies. He took it upon himself to maintain awareness and provide a critical review of legislative swings and proposed bills impacting city ordinances.  Larry steered complex discussion of these matters, drawing out all of the secondary and tertiary potential effects. Larry truly exemplifies what this award means.



Consensus Building Award: Chris Jeffers

Chris Jeffers has been a great steward for the City of Glendora. Under his tenure, the City has been a finalist for the Most Business-Friendly City in 2012 and 2013. The City was awarded the grand prize in 201.Chris has brought a culture to Glendora of embracing the idea of partnering with their customers to ensure that their time is not wasted and that expectations are clearly met.To that end, Glendora has embraced technology to assist them in reaching, notifying and allowing customers to conduct business in a 24-7 world. The City’s efforts have been recognized twice by the Public Technology Institute for their programs. During his tenure with Monterey Park and Glendora, these cities received a combined total of 8 Helen Putnam awards from the League of California Cities recognizing those organizations for various innovated programs and services. Under Chris Jeffers leadership Glendora has been recognized as the Best Downtown and Best Friendly City for four years consecutively in the survey of the San Gabriel Newspaper Group.  Glendora has been recognized by the Kosmont – Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business survey for the last six years as a low cost city for businesses.


Chris has served as President for the San Gabriel City Manager’s Association on three occasions and Chaired the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government’s City Manager’s TAC four times, including the last three years.  In addition, he served as the national Chair for American Cities for Cleanup Equity (ACCE) from 1993 to 1995. 

Sustainability Award: City of Claremont

The Sustainability award goes to the City of Claremont. They have been persistent in their efforts in reducing their environmental impact, and being a leader in the field of sustainability. In their most recent effort, the City created the Claremont Energy Challenge by collaborating with two local, environmentally-focused, nonprofit organizations. The Challenge was developed in early 2015 to educate and involve all 13,000 households in Claremont on the benefits of energy-efficient upgrades. The Challenge created an Easy Energy Toolbox which provides Claremont residents with free home energy analyses and a real-time energy monitoring app. This app also provides residents with tips and tricks to help further reduce their energy usages. In 2015, the City generated over 6.5 million kWh of solar energy, producing 1.7 million kWh more than the year prior, and became 1 of 50 nationwide semifinalists for the Georgetown Energy Prize.​

The Claremont Challenge follows the Georgetown University Energy Prize’s timeline, and will end in December 2016. To date, the community has already completed more than 300 residential solar photovoltaic installations and energy efficiency upgrades, and is steadily increasing.




San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

1000 S. Fremont Ave; Unit 42 - Bldg. A-10N, Suite 10-210; Alhambra, CA 91803 

(626) 457-1800         sgv@sgvcog.org