Terry retired in 2005, after serving on staff for the League of California Cities for some 35 years,
including as Director of Education and Conferences and head of the corporate partners program. Since then he has been active as a leader in his local community association and community foundation, among other association activities. In the community he has worked to develop a greater sense of pride and cohesiveness among the over 20,000 residents, businesses, schools and organizations, goals quite in line with those of the ILG and the League. Focus has been on safety, economic development, and community appearance, as well as activities to bring the community together.