Bill Sutherland was first elected to the Torrance City Council in 2006 as a reform candidate and was reelected in 2010. As a small business owner, he understands the challenges of running a business. He is a strong advocate for streamlined regulation and championed the one-stop permitting center that has become so popular and allowed easier access and a friendly atmosphere for continued business growth in Torrance. Bill also chaired the Finance and Government Relations Committee, and even during difficult financial times, he prioritized balancing the budget while still making progress in the areas of infrastructure and public safety.
Bill has lived in Torrance for 39 years and has been an active supporter of many community organizations during that time. He has served a number of years on the Salvation Army Board where he was twice elected Chairman and has been awarded “Director Emeritus” status. For over 30 years, he was an active member of Rotary International, taking on many leadership positions including serving as Rotary President. As an ardent supporter of youth sports activities, he has been a Little League and Torrance American Baseball coach. He has also been active with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) serving as Division Commissioner for 4 years and Regional Commissioner for 3 years. Bill prides himself on being a patriot and has been a dedicated supporter of the Torrance Armed Forces Parade and served as the Chair of the Council’s Armed Forces Day Committee as well. He and his wife, Diana, have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Bill has decided to again seek the office of Council Member because he is uncomfortable with the current state of affairs at City Hall. He feels that the City Council has lost touch with the people. A strong believer in open government, Bill was the most community-involved member of the Council during his eight years of service. If he is elected, he will once again place a high priority on listening to the people of the community and doing his best to represent them.