Duarte City Council member Lois Gaston is the new president of the California Contract Cities Association (CCCA). Gaston was installed as president in a ceremony held during the CCCA's 50th Annual Municipal Seminar in Indian Wells on May 17.
Gaston is currently serving her second term on the Duarte City Council. In 2006-2007 she served as mayor of the City of Duarte, the first African American female to be elected to that position in the City's 50-year history.
In a separate ceremony at the CCCA's 50th Annual Municipal Seminar, Duarte Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Finlay was awarded the prestigious Roy E. Reynolds Award, named after the first president of the Contract Cities Association. Finlay served as president of CCCA in 2004-2005.