Updated March 31, 2016
Mayor George Ray was elected to the Cerritos City Council in 2013. He became Mayor Pro Tem in 2015 and Mayor in 2016. A Cerritos resident since 1969, Mayor Ray previously served as a Cerritos Planning Commissioner in 1978 and from 1980 to 1989. He also served as a Cerritos Fine Arts and Historical Commissioner from 2002 to 2009 and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts from 1997 to 2002. Mayor Ray was also a member of the Los Angeles County Parks Commission from 1980 to 2000.
Mayor Ray serves on the City Council's Budget/Finance, Performing Arts, Personnel and Auto Mall committees. He is the delegate to the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee, Gateway Cities Council of Governments and Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19/Waste Management.
Mayor Ray has an extensive history of service to community organizations. He has served as a member of the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as the organization's vice president. He is a current and founding member of the Board of Directors of the 1st CEB Adoption Committee. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Family Guidance Center for five years and was on the Center's Foundation Board for three years. He is a current and founding member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Youth Foundation. He has also been a member of the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board since 2011. In addition, Mayor Ray has been a member of the Cerritos Optimist Club since 1979 and was the club's president in 1983.
Mayor Ray is chairman of the Board of Directors for LeFiell Manufacturing Company in Santa Fe Springs. He originally joined the company in 1962. LeFiell is a world-class manufacturing company in the commercial airplane, defense and aerospace industries.
Mayor Ray and his wife, Beverle, have two grown daughters, Michelle and Heather, and four grandchildren. Michelle and Heather both attended school in the ABC Unified School District. In addition, Heather attended Cerritos College for two years prior to attending college in Denver, Colorado. Heather is now a teacher in the Downey Unified School District. Michelle attended California State University, Fullerton and Western State College of Law and currently is an administrative judge for the State of California.