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Bruce W. Barrows,

Updated April 15, 2024

Bruce W. Barrows

Councilmember Bruce W. Barrows was unanimously appointed to the Cerritos City Council in May of 2020 to fill a declared vacancy in the office of City Councilmember and was named Mayor Pro Tem in 2022 and Mayor in 2023. Councilmember Barrows was first elected to the Cerritos City Council in April 1994 and was re-elected in 1999. After sitting out due to term limits, Councilmember Barrows was elected to the City Council again in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He served as Mayor in 1997–1998, 2002–2003, 2009–2010, 2013–2014 and 2023–2024. Prior to his election to the City Council in 1994, Councilmember Barrows served six years on the City’s Planning Commission.

Councilmember Barrows is a member of the City's Budget/Finance, City Charter Review, Community Garden, Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Management, Legislative, Library, MIS/Technology, Personnel, Policies and Procedures, Protocol Manual and West Santa Ana Branch Transit Project committees. He is the City's delegate to the ECO-Rapid Transit Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors and previously served as president of the organization. He is also the delegate to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments 91/605/405 Corridor Cities Committee, Los Angeles County City Selection Committee and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts Board of Directors (Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19). He is the alternate delegate to the Gateway Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors. He served as chairman of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments from 2000-2001. He has served as the president of the League of California Cities – Los Angeles Division and as a member of the League of California Cities' Revenue and Taxation Committee. He has also served on the League of California Cities Annual Planning Committee; the League of California Cities Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee; and the Executive Board and Legislative Committee, Los Angeles Division.

Councilmember Barrows served on the Regional Council, Legislative Committee and Transportation Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). He was the regional representative to SCAG for 15 years and served on the Transportation Committee and as vice chair of the High Speed MagLev Task Force. He has also served as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Transportation and Arts Committee. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Advisors for the University of Southern California Price Executive Education Program/School of Public Policy.

He and his wife Teresa have resided in Cerritos since 1978. They raised their children in Cerritos, including three sons Josh (wife Yensley), Nathan (wife April) and Daniel (wife Virginia), and one daughter, Jessica Roberts (husband Glenn), and are blessed with three granddaughters, Savannah, Berkeley and Alessandra, and five grandsons, Laird, Jason, Ethan, Owen and Liam.

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