Jeannie Bruins  
City Council
Title: Council Member
Jeannie Bruins


Date Elected or Appointed: Elected November 2002; re-elected November 2006, 2010 and 2014. Served as Mayor in 2006,  2011 and 2016.

Current Term: December 2014 to December 2018

Represents the City on the Following Boards:
  • Sacramento Area Sewer District
  • Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
Biography
Council Member Jeannie Bruins was elected to the City Council in 2002, and re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. She served as Vice Mayor in 2005, 2010 and 2015, and as Mayor in 2006, 2011 and 2016. During her term as Mayor in 2011, the city hosted the Mayor of Kabul, Afghanistan, Mayor Mohammed Nawandish. Jeannie represents the city on the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and Sacramento Area Sewer District boards, which she chaired during 2005 and 2015. In 2006 and 2007, Jeannie held a board position on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and on SACOG's Transportation Committee. In 2004, she represented the city at the Mayor's Forum on Form Based Codes, and she is active with the Local Government Commission. She is a member of the California League of Cities, and in 2012 has joined the League's Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee. In 2000 to 2002 she represented former Assemblyman Roger Niello, then a Sacramento County Supervisor, on the Sacramento International Airport Expansion Community Advisory Committee, forming the groundwork of the 'Big Build' airport expansion completed in 2011. She is a charter member of the Citrus Heights Police Activities League (PAL) Board of Directors, an outreach to the youth of Citrus Heights to build leadership skills and positive relationships with the police force. During 2011 she served on the City's Economic Development Strategy Update Committee.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Jeannie was a leader for the incorporation of Citrus Heights, serving on the board of directors of the Citrus Heights Incorporation Project (CHIP). In 1996, along with local businessman William Van Duker, she co-chaired Yes on Measure R to a successful win, bringing cityhood to Citrus Heights. In 1992 to 1993 she served on the Citrus Heights Community Planning Advisory Board.

From 1993 to 2005, Jeannie was the chief executive officer for the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce. As CEO, she furthered the interests of the Citrus Heights business community to the City and the Sacramento region. She considers one of her greatest achievements to be the creation of Leadership Citrus Heights in 2003, which continues to this day. Graduates of the classes serve in several leadership positions in Citrus Heights, including the Planning Commission and the City Council. Today, as the owner of Bruins Legal Document Preparation, Jeannie is a Legal Document Assistant, and Notary Public. She also serves as executive director of the Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters.

Jeannie represents Citrus Heights to the education community, serving on the city's 2X2 education committee. She participated on the interview panel for two San Juan Unified School District superintendents and she guest teaches a class at the Mesa Verde High School Business Academy. Jeannie brought the concept of a community garden to the city and successfully sought funding for the start up operations. Today the community garden is overseen by a volunteer committee. Jeannie was instrumental in bringing the Sayonara Community Center to Citrus Heights to provide after school tutoring and support services to the children who live on and around Sayonara Drive. The program has been so successful that the City Council voted to build a new Citrus Heights Children and Youth Center on Sayonara so the program can accommodate the continuing growth. It opened in the fall of 2012. In 2013-14 she worked with Regional Transit to provide a 18 passenger bus (for $1) to the Youth Center. As a member of the Citrus Heights Rotary Club, she bought the bus project to (then) President, Rich Hale, who retrofitted the bus with additional seats so it could carry 25 children - all in seat belts.

Jeannie is a 30 year resident of Citrus Heights. She is a 22 year member of the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights and is a Ruby Paul Harris Fellow. She is a member of Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, where she served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years, teaches classes, volunteers in children's programs, and sings in a choir. Jeannie loves to garden and spend time with her family. She has 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. 

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