West Hollywood Older Adults Advisory Board member, William McNeeley (Bill McNeeley) died Friday, December 1, 2023 at roughly 9:30 p.m. McNeeley had been battling prostate cancer for the past year. He was 80 years old.
William McNeeley has been a West Hollywood resident for over 30 years. He is widely known in the hospitality community and is remember for working security at iconic venues like Arena and Studio One. He also worked worked security detail for Jeffrey Sanker at circuit events like the White Party in Palm Springs. He is currently featured in the Studio One Forever documentary.
McNeeley was appointed to the The Older Adults Advisory Board by council member John D’Amico and then re-appointed by Mayor Pro-Tem John Erickson.
“Bill was family and my Older Adults Advisory Board Member,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Erickson. “I will miss him more than I can put into words. We would get lunch and talk every month and I will treasure those memories and the friendship and joy he brought into, not only my life, but also countless others. Bill’s dedication to the sober and recovery community instilled a passion within me to never stop fighting for that community. Rest in power my dear, amazing friend.”
McNeeley 38 years sober.
This piece will updated with details on his memorial service as they become available.
The Older Adults Advisory Board was created on July 6, 1987 and is comprised of five (5) members appointed by individual Councilmembers and four (4) members appointed by the Council as a whole (at-large). Each member of the Board shall serve a two-year term commencing March 1st following a general municipal election. The City Council shall endeavor to appoint members who represent the specific Advisory Board focus as well experts in the field. Members shall be reflective of the demographic and geographic diversity of the City. Members should live, work, or have a strong connection to the City. City Council shall have the right to annually appoint a youth (15-18) representative to serve as an ex-officio member of an Advisory Board. If a member of an Advisory Board is absent for any reason for more than three regular meetings in any 12-month period, the office of such member shall be vacated upon the discretion of the City Council.
The Older Adults Advisory Board addresses matters relating to the planning, development and coordination of services for older residents and makes recommendations to Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies or ordinances of benefit to those constituencies. The Board acts as an advocate and provides linkage between residents, organizations, City Council, City officials, and the general community.