Council Member Kenneth J. Henderson

Council Member Ken Henderson

Kenneth J. Henderson, Council Member, Email
  • Appointed City Council Member – January 2023
  • Current Term – January 2023 to November 2024


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Ken Henderson is a long-time Grand Terrace resident (38+ years) and a retired public service executive, having served 37 years in various executive leadership roles for five cities and one joint powers authority.  After retiring in 2012, Ken was called back into service by the Grand Terrace City Council, first as Chairman of its Ad Hoc Budget Advisory Committee and, subsequently, as Interim City Manager from January 2014 to January 2015.

In addition to his city manager tenures, Ken, over the course of his career, also served as Assistant City Manager, Economic Development Director, Redevelopment Executive Director and Community Development Director for the five cities for which he worked.

As a result of the 2022 Mayoral election, which created a vacant seat on the City Council, Ken and Cecilia, his wife of 32 years, decided he would participate in the interviews the City Council conducted as part of the process of filling the vacant City Council position. On January 10, 2023 and, after interviewing all eligible applicants, Ken was selected by the City Council to fill the vacant City Council position.


Ken is an avid fan of professional basketball, professional football and professional automobile racing.  In fact, Ken is a fan of virtually any contest involving speed, including track and field and powerboat racing and has carved out quite a reputation of sorts in international car enthusiast circles.

Both Ken and Cecilia enjoy traveling and reading. Ken’s particular favorites involve biographies, historical novels and “anything by Tom Clancy”.  They also enjoy walking and yoga (Cecilia).

Charitable Giving:

Following in the footsteps of their parents, Ken and Cecilia have given to the following organizations, causes and funds (partial list) on regular and one-time bases:

  1. Robert & Anna Henderson Vallejo Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church Scholarship Fund;
  2. Catholic Charities;
  3. Habitat for Humanity;
  4. Blue Mountain Conservancy;
  5. Grand Terrace Dog Park;
  6. Vietnam Veterans of America;
  7. Disabled American Veterans of California
  8. Wounded Warriors Project;
  9. Smiletrain;
  10. Carolyn Collins “Giving Closet” (from the Gail Henderson estate);
  11. Ronald McDonald House of Loma Linda, CA; and,
  12. Feeding America (Inland Empire Chapter)