Palmdale is a Charter City governed under the Council/Manager form of local government. The mayor is elected every two years for a two-year term. Also every two years, two of the four councilmembers are elected to serve four-year terms.
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James C. Ledford Jr. was elected to his eleventh term as mayor of the City of Palmdale on November 8, 2011. Ledford also served four years as a City of Palmdale planning commissioner and two years as a councilmember prior to his first election as mayor in 1992.
A graduate of Palmdale High School, Ledford attended Antelope Valley College and received management training at Lockheed Development Corporation. Ledford, a resident of the City of Palmdale since 1968, served as a supervisor at Lockheed for six years. He also designed, built, owned and operated a small business in Palmdale for 10 years. In addition to his extensive Mayoral duties, Ledford currently works as a leadership and business development consultant.
Ledford represents the City Council as a delegate for the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority and Inland Port Task Force; has served as Chairman of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District Nos. 14 and 20; and has been Chairman of the North County Transportation Coalition since 1995. He also serves as Chairman of the Palmdale Airport Authority, and was formerly a delegate for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
Mayor Ledford is also active in a number of other civic and community organizations including the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association which supports the Veteran community, and the Boy Scouts of America. He is the 2010 recipient of the William J. "Pete" Knight Leadership award presented by the Boy Scouts of America, and received the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010. Ledford was elected to both the Palmdale High School and Antelope Valley College Halls of Fame.
Ledford and his wife Rachelle live in Palmdale and enjoy spending time with their granddaughter Kyla McKenzie.
Tom Lackey was elected to his first term as councilmember for the City of Palmdale on November 8, 2005. He was re-elected on November 3, 2009 and served as Mayor Pro Tem from December 2, 2009 to January 5, 2011. He was renamed Mayor Pro Tem on January 9, 2013.
Lackey is a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Since beginning his career with the CHP in 1985, Lackey has worked in Los Angeles, El Cajon, Baldwin Park and the Antelope Valley. Prior to his employment with the CHP, Lackey was an elementary special education teacher in Rexburg, Idaho.
Lackey was raised in Boron and graduated from Boron High School. He was active in student government in both junior high and high school and was named "Who's Who Among American High School Students." Lackey was awarded the rank of "Eagle Scout" from the Boy Scouts of America in 1976.
Prior to completing his associate of arts degree, Lackey served a two-year mission for his church. He holds a bachelor of science degree in special education from Utah State University.
Lackey represents the City Council as a delegate of the California State Prison – Los Angeles County, Citizens Advisory Committee and as a delegate for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. Lackey also serves as the 2nd Delegate for the Los Angeles County Sanitation District Number 20, and was appointed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to serve as a Director on the Metrolink Southern California Regional Rail Authority.
Lackey is an active member in a number of Antelope Valley civic organizations including the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly, Antelope Valley Crime Task Force and Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force. He was an executive council member of the Antelope Valley School Boards Association and was a governing board member for the Palmdale School District prior to his election to the City Council.
Lackey and his wife Theresa have lived in Palmdale since 1995. They have two adopted children, Justin and Jani.
Steven D. Hofbauer was elected to his third term on the City Council in an election held on November 8, 2011. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from December 2008 to December 2009, and from January 2012 to January 2013. Prior to being elected, Hofbauer served on the City of Palmdale Planning Commission since May 1992. He also served as a director of the Palmdale Community Association and was a co-coordinator of the City of Palmdale Earthquake Preparedness Fair. He currently serves as a delegate a delegate for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority./p>
Hofbauer has worked for the Los Angeles Fire Department since 1980. He is currently a senior Fire Inspector II in the Fire Prevention Bureau, Technical Section, Construction Services Unit, and holds professional certifications through the International Code Council, California State Fire Marshall, CAL-EPA and Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
Hofbauer has been a licensed EMT and Paramedic for over 35 years. Prior to promoting to Fire Inspector, Steve staffed a variety of challenging field rescue assignments, including duty as a flight medic. His unit was one of the first rescue teams on the scene of the catastrophic Northridge Meadows building collapse, where their successful earthquake rescue efforts were prime time news. His legacy continues through the dozens of rookie paramedics he mentored as a Paramedic Preceptor (training officer).
Steve served multiple tours of duty as a Medical Team Leader with the LA County Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He received highly specialized training as a member of the elite National Medical Response Team, a unit of the US Public Health Service, trained to treat victims of industrial, nuclear or chemical accidents, or terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destruction.
Hofbauer has earned numerous commendations, including the highly prestigious Los Angeles County Community Protector of the Year, and was twice named Paramedic of the Year. The Boy Scouts of America recognized him with the District Award of Merit, and the Council's Silver Beaver Award for Outstanding Service to Youth.
Hofbauer has attended Los Angeles Pierce and Valley Colleges, Rancho Santiago, Santa Ana, and Rio Hondo Colleges, UCLA Extension, and California State University Los Angeles to further his specialized education.
Hofbauer represents the city to the League of Cities at the National, State, and Desert/Mountain regional levels, serves on their Public Safety Policy Committee, Regional Trauma Center Committee, and chairs the Gang and Graffiti Sub-committee. Steve is the Regional Council representative for Palmdale, Lancaster and Santa Clarita to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and their Community, Economic and Human Development Committee. He is the city's delegate to the California Contract Cities Association, serving on the Legislative and City/County Contracts Committees; Director for the Orangeline High Speed Mag-Lev Development Authority; and member/delegate to the United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association. Steve is an alternate delegate on the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Los Angeles County Sanitation District Numbers 14 and 20, and North County Transportation Coalition.
Steve is a member of the Palmdale Sheriff's Boosters, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles and California Professional Firefighters, the International Code Council and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
In his spare time, Hofbauer enjoys sailing and is an accomplished woodwind player. He has been an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America on District Training and Camporee staffs, as high sierra Camp Medic, Merit Badge Counselor, Assistant Scoutmaster, and currently is the Skipper of the Antelope Valley Sea Scouts. Hofbauer has volunteered with the Little League and Youth Orchestra, and was a coordinator for the Firefighters' Toy Program.
Steve and Barbara have been married over 30 years, and with their two grown children, Kimberly and Eagle Scout Christopher, have lived in Palmdale since 1981.
Laura Bettencourt has been an Antelope Valley resident since 1985. She was elected to her first term for City Council on May 19, 2009 and re-elected on November 3, 2009.
Bettencourt currently works as a crime analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has done so for 15 years. She previously worked for Northrop Grumman at Site 4 on the B2 program. For the past nine years, Bettencourt has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College teaching courses in criminal justice.
Bettencourt holds a bachelor's degree in criminology, law & society, from the University of California, Irvine, a master's degree in criminal justice from California State University, San Bernardino, and an associate's degree from Antelope Valley College. While attending UC Irvine, she worked at the Irvine Police Department. Bettencourt is also certified by the California Department of Justice in Crime and Intelligence Analysis and has attended both the basic and advanced federal law enforcement academies for intelligence analysts in Quantico, Virginia.
Bettencourt holds memberships with Alpha Phi Sigma the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, the International Association of Crime Analysts, the Southern California Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts and is a life member of the Girl Scouts of America.
She resides in east Palmdale with her daughter Bailey.
Mike Dispenza was elected for the fourth time as a member of the Palmdale City Council on November 8, 2011. He is serving a four-year term, and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011.
Dispenza is a State Farm Insurance agent in Palmdale and operates one of the most successful agencies in the country, being recognized for outstanding leadership in sales performance year after year. Dispenza has more than 25 years combined experience in the insurance business, having worked in both California and Louisiana. Prior to entering the insurance industry, Dispenza practiced hospital and retail pharmacy.
Dispenza represents the City Council as delegate of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District. He is an alternate delegate of the League of California Cities Desert - Mountain Division and the Inland Port Task Force. He is also a delegate to the Lahonton Regional Water Quality Control Board and formerly served as a delegate of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.
Dispenza has been involved with the community in a variety of ways serving as president of the Antelope Valley Underwriters; co-founding the Palmdale Education Foundation; co-chairing three Antelope Valley Board of Trade business outlook conferences; and founding the Palmdale Sheriff's Boosters. Dispenza has also been named outstanding citizen by the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce in 1992 and 1998 and was named "Who's Who Internationally" in 2009. Dispenza was also named "Outstanding Good Neighbor" by the Antelope Valley chapter of the American Red Cross.
Dispenza holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacology from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana. He has three grown children and five grandchildren and resides with his wife Sarah in Palmdale.