Jerry Patterson is a past president of the Institute for Local
Government and the 2005 recipient of the League’s Presidents’
Award for longstanding service to California cities. He is a
former member of Congress and former mayor of the City of Santa
Ana. Patterson presently serves on the Coast Community College
District Board of Trustees.
As you work in the trenches of day-to-day service to your
community, you may have wondered: How can I ensure that my
efforts have a lasting impact? Are there ways I can help to
provide a foundation for continued good local government? How
will I be remembered by my community, my colleagues in public
service and my family? What will my legacy be?