Wednesday, August 20

City Hall

City Council

Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth W. Willis

Term of Office 2008-2012

Mayor John V. PomierskiMayor Pro Tem Ken Willis has resided in Upland with his wife Jane and daughter since 1977. After serving in the Vietnam War he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and later obtained a Masters degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He worked as a city planner and later as Executive Vice President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Councilmember Willis is President of the League of California Homeowners (LCH), a not-for-profit public benefit association, which is a resource center for contractor screening services for the general public, financial institutions and major utility companies.

His previous public service includes terms on the California State Water Resources Control Board as well as the California Regional Water Quality Control Board for the Santa Ana River.  He was a founding director and continues to serve on the Board for the Upland Partnership for Child Development.  Over the years, Mayor Pro Tem Willis has served on various advisory and planning committees ranging from the County of San Bernardino, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Southern California Association of Governments.  Most recently, he served as Chairman of the Chino Basin Water Master Board from 2005-2011.

Mayor Pro Tem Willis was elected to the City Council in 2000; re-elected in 2004 and 2008.  He serves as Chairman of the Public Works Committee and the Police & Fire Committee.  As Mayor Pro Tem, he serves as the Mayor’s alternate on regional committees.  Additionally, he also serves on the Inland Empire Utility Utilities Agency Policy Committee and the Landscape Alliance Committee and as the City’s alternate to the Water Facility Authority.  He is also President of the San Antonio Water Company and President of the West End Consolidated Water Company, and serves on the League of California Cities Legislative Task Force. 

Mayor Pro Tem Willis was instrumental in developing a program for recognition of Upland residents serving in the United States Military, as well as Upland Military Veterans.