Jan relocated to Sacramento in the 1970s. She served Sacramento County as a Deputy Sheriff for almost two-decades. Relocating to Grass Valley in 2003, she continued her public service through two consecutive terms on the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury. In February 2007, Jan was appointed to the Grass Valley City Council. Elected in November 2008 to a four-year term, the Council selected her as vice mayor, then as mayor in 2010, a position she held until 2012. She is currently in her fourth elected term.
Jan serves on the Nevada County Transit Services Commission and Transportation Commission; helped pass a half-cent sales tax earmarked for public safety and roads; implemented a succession plan for the Grass Valley Police Department; and facilitated a major interchange public works project.
In addition to her duties as a City Council member, she is very involved in the League of California Cities serving as the first woman Chair for the Public Safety policy committee; member of the League Board of Directors, President and Founding member of the Women’s Caucus, member of the Audit and Finance committee and co-chair of the Joint Homeless Task Force with CSAC. Jan also served as President for the League’s Sacramento Valley Division. In September, 2018, she assumed the role of President of the League of California Cities.
She also serves on various committees and Task forces at the State and National level,
- California Governor’s Master Plan on Aging Stakeholder Task Force
- National League of Cities – Public Safety Advocacy Committee
- National League of Cities – Homeless Task Force
- National League of Cities – Board Member of the Women in Municipal Government
- National League of Cities – Small Cities Council
Council Member Arbuckle’s term ends in December 2024