Crist named Lancaster Vice Mayor, Harvey named Deputy Mayor

Marvin Crist

LANCASTER – During Tuesday night’s council meeting, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris appointed council member Marvin Crist as Lancaster’s new Vice Mayor, and named Cassandra D. Harvey as a new Deputy Mayor.

“In two short years since taking office, Marv has established himself as a solid leader in the community, leading a number of local initiatives and becoming involved on many levels,” Parris said in a city news release. “Cassandra has been absolutely invaluable on both the Planning Commission and Housing Authority. I am confident they will both perform brilliantly in their new roles.”

Marvin “Marv” Crist was born and raised in the Antelope Valley. A former firefighter, Crist owns his own insurance brokerage and participates in a wide variety of local organizations, serving as President of the Antelope Valley Sheriff Boosters and Director of Kids’ Charities of the Antelope Valley, among others. Crist also leads many local governing boards, servings as Chairman of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District; Vice Chair of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority; and board member of the Antelope Valley Fair’s Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors.

Crist replaces former Vice Mayor Ron Smith, who remains on the City Council. Smith served as Vice Mayor for over four years, having been appointed as Vice Mayor in April 2008.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to further serve the community which has always been my home,” said Crist. “I look forward to working to make Lancaster an even better place in which to do business as well as raise a family.”

Harvey, currently a City Planning Commissioner and Housing Authority Board member, will join Kit Yee Szeto as a Deputy Mayor.

Cassandra D. Harvey

Harvey will specialize in domestic business and overall community development, while Szeto continues to focus on international business and development. In addition to her new Deputy Mayor responsibilities, Harvey remains on the Planning Commission and Housing Authority.

Harvey has been a resident of the Antelope Valley since 1986 and has nearly 25 years of business and financial experience in various aerospace positions, currently managing Process Management and Integration at Northrop Grumman. As an active citizen of the Antelope Valley, she recently served as Vice Chair of the Lancaster Architectural and Design Planning Commission.

Harvey is a fervent proponent of the United Services Organization (USO), and leads fundraising efforts to support our nation’s troops. She is also in a number of local initiatives, including co-leading a team which has raised more than $90,000 towards local students’ school supplies. Her partnership with Southern California Edison and Waste Management, on the “Adopt-a-Lot” program, has laid the pathway for future “greening” projects in the Antelope Valley.

“I am grateful for this opportunity. It’s a great honor to continue serving the city of Lancaster in my new role as Deputy Mayor,” concluded Harvey.

(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)

  56 comments for “Crist named Lancaster Vice Mayor, Harvey named Deputy Mayor

  1. Jack
    December 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    First Michelle, there is no “ticket”. Council elections are non-partisan. Second, Raymond Perris loves people like you to run since you do not have the money it takes or the organization to run an effective campaign in April where only 5,500 of the seventy thousand plus registered voters bother to vote. You and others like you serve a useful purpose which is decimating the anti-Perris vote which in the last election was about 3,000 if you add up the total vote of the losers. By spliting up the people who are fed up with him and with a little help of the AV cult church and let’s not forget the city clerk’s office, Raymond always prevails. Lancaster never saw it comimg when the election was moved from Nov. to April. That and letting the city clerk count the votes was served up and sold as cost savings. Right.

    • December 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      @ Jack… atleast spell his name correctly… it’s PARRIS and he is our Mayor for the time being. As for money… the peoples choice and their votes are worth more than money

  2. Jack
    December 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Dear, dear. It began like this when people began writing about Ron’s illustrious past as a baliff (he prefers former law enforcement officer) who left the LASD under odd circumstances. Now we have another vice-mayor who’s past as a fireman and the circumstances regarding his not being one anymore are in question. Is this the best we can do? Maybe these stories are all made up.

  3. December 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

    In honor of “Supe 16” (Captain Ted Hall) and “Q” (Arnie Quoines) the CDCR 4,500 inmate fire fighters will never forget you and the sacrifice you made on the Station Fire. You are our CDCR-Inmate family and our “angel dust” sprinkles amongst your family members during this holiday season! You both made the greatest sacrifice for us and our families.

  4. December 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    If Mayor R. Rex Parris thinks Marvin Crist will run for Mayor in 2016… I, Michelle Egberts will personally run agaist him on the Democratic ticket. Come on Marvin… you, a former fireman (dishonorably discharged) and me,a former convicted inmate CDCR-Calfire Swamper who saved millions of tax payers dollars could have a very good battle!!! Just remember wolves travel in paks!

  5. Go Raymond Go!
    December 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Sad but true that California’s 30th largest city is run by an amublance chaser, a baliff who fled when duty mattered, a dismissed fireman, a “university” owner that advertises CPR courses, two vice mayors who’s prupose is yet unknown and a city clerk who’s ability to count votes is interesting.

    • William
      December 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Beautiful. You could make a music video out of that scenario.

      Not to worry. They will be their own undoing. Get the popcorn ready.

    • William
      December 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      or a darker version of the old Andy Griffith Show. Ron Smith could be Barney Fife. The ‘university’ owner is Aunt Bea. Ken Mann as Gomer Pyle.

      and so on. Who writes these screenplays anyway? Did Mayberry have a BLVD?

  6. More Deputy Raymonds!
    December 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

    What Lancaster desperately needs is 3 more deputy mayors for Mayor Raymond. By having a total of 5 deputy mayors, Raymond can keep a close watchful eye on each council member so they do not pillage more than their rightful share and cheat Mayor Raymond out of the lion’s share. The deputy mayors can also keep tabs on whether any of the council members are trending as more likable than Raymond, even though I don’t think that is a problem. The extra council member can carry Raymond briefcase and lunch since Ron has proven he’s not bright enough for the job and can no longer be trusted for even simple tasks and Ken is too scrawny to even lift a pencil. Imagine 5 deputy mayors. What status for Raymond. LA and San Diego don’t even have 2 deputy mayor let alone 5. Lancaster will be on the map again and Raymond can go on Hannity a proudly claim he is finding work in California for Republicans who are unemployed and unhireable. And on election day, they can all fan out and assist the Antelope Valley Cult stuff ballot boxes. Think out of the box Raymond! There is opportunity here.

    • William
      December 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Parris is a big fish in a small pond.

      Now, picture that. A big fish makes big poop.

      Big poop in a small pond is disgusting.

      In this case, Lancaster is the small pond and it’s polluted with big poop.

    • sikntired
      December 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Gonna have to score some dope to really get that scenario -LMFAO

  7. desertrider
    December 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm


    • Devo
      December 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Sounds like someone might be tooting her own horn. How would anyone else find her testimonial for her atorney? She must be bored and want some attention.

      • Devo
        December 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm


    • desertrider
      December 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Dear Citizens… I am Michelle Egberts, the woman that our Mayor R. Rex Parris and Public Safety Manager Lee D’Errico who said threatenend them. I NEVER threatened Lee D’Errico, but I did threaten our Mayor, to “bring it on” as we, former offenders have paid our debt to society and we as a comnmunity have to deal with prisoner re-entry. I was exposed to nine years in prison behind the LIES of our Mayor R. Rex Parris only to be found NOT GUILTY in TWO trials this year in Lancaster. If you think he CARES abouth the citizens of Lancaster, you are wrong… just ask my jurors that heard his LIES!!!

      • desertrider
        December 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        It’s okay if you dislike… as taxpayers it’s only going to cost you in AB-109 money thanks to your votes on measure 30. You voted in the three-strikes law thirty years ago and voted it out in 2012… THANK YOU Are you ready as tax payers to face the up to $1 million dollars a day in contempt-of-court charges from the U.S. Supreme Court on June 13th, 2013 when the State of California isn’t in alignment with the prison reduction?

        • December 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

          If you don’t think I care about our community and State you are very wrong… Just ask Mayor Parris what happened to Criminal Justice Commissioner Gaupel (CDCR Parole Agent) that championed a Sex Offender Ordinance in violation of CDCR policy and procedure. Agent Gaupel is no longer with CDCR. We lost an excellent agent all because of our Mayor. FYI…The lawsuit behind the Sex Offender Ordinance is just about to begin on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012. Hope the citizens of Lancaster like the way our Mayor spends our money!!!!!

  8. Thomas
    December 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

    You all complain but on election day Rex’s competition are an excon borderline sex offender, a wingnut who still holds on to a push at the gym, and someone who forgot they don’t live in town.

    • Joyce
      December 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Somehow a border line “sex offender” and a wing “nut” do not seem as bad as what he presently have by comparison.

      • Resident Cynic
        December 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

        True. We currently have a lying corrupt drug user who has broken multiple laws, but because he owns the DA, nothing is done. Can we get him to move to Cabo permanently?

  9. ed
    December 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Whats in a name?

  10. Alex
    December 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Business as usual. My puppets are my puppets. Burn them and churn them. What matters is I keep my position to do as I see fit. So saith Rex.

  11. Sid
    December 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    It will take more corruption, graft, and civic humiliation before voters realive voting in APRIL is what it takes to remove the scum that destroyed our fair city. Maybe the day will come, who knows. Prepare for that day madame city clerk where what you do in your office beomes more risk than you deal with.

  12. Are we nuts or too trusting?
    December 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Wonder how long Lancaster puts up with the shame election in April that keeps Raymond in power. Whay was it changed in the first place when every other city in California votes for its council in November. Why did we buy the absurd notion it’s cheaper to let the city clerk to count the votes. We brought it and Raymond upon ourselves.

    • Midge
      December 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      I vote for nuts.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

    If even 15% of the 73,000 reg. voters who don’t like “Raymond” came out in 2014 and voted, Perris and his vipers would be on they’re way out. The pressure on our ciy clerk’s ability to “misplace” absentee ballots would be overwhelming. Note the ONLY thing that keeps them in office is having changed the election to April which enables them to win time and time again with 5,200 votes, 3,000 of which come from their tax exempt cult church. Ever wonder why the only two cities in LA Co. who insist on having their city clerk’s count votes is Lancaster and Compton?

  14. Dave
    December 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Curious as to how much longer Raynmond’s riegn of corruption will last? Poor little guy must hate the name, hence the “R”

    • William
      December 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      So, he goes with the joke of a name, Rex. I knew a German Shepard named ‘Rex’ but he never licked himself the way Parris does.

      • sikntired
        December 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        LMFAO-that’s quite a visual William.

        • William
          December 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

          I do my best. There is always more to go with Parris. He’s like a Mitt Romney or something. They should name Lancaster ‘Gaffestan” cause of the big mouth on the throne there.

  15. Allen
    December 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    How many cities with Lancaster’s population have two deputy mayors? Answer, just Lancaster. If you can’t appoint them and stack the council, just appoint them to something. Question is since Crist and Mann are holding Rex’s lunch and briefcase, just what purpose do these two ladies serve. Maybe they are part of the Ron Smith burial detail.

    • Sherry
      December 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Business as usual. Cronyism’s roots run deep in the AV. Probably all go to Rex’s church of the almighty dollar.

      • sikntired
        December 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        Are those the clones in long skirts who travel in pairs?

    • Midge
      December 14, 2012 at 2:32 am

      May as well be Cassie who runs Raymond’s dogs. Ron can no longer be trusted with taking them for a walk. They are cute dogs.

    • sikntired
      December 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Ha ha, Allen, there could be some interesting answers to that one.

  16. Ya Think?
    December 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Wow! Not only is she a proponent of the USO, she is a “fervent” proponent of the USO! Let me guess: Rex wrote the resume?

  17. GOPer
    December 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Let’s just say that Ron Smith is over. There are a lot of us who have been done with him for a long time. He’s classless and representative of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. He’s selfish, entitled attitude is not what we are about.
    Now Ken Mann and Marvin Crist think they are the party leaders, but a lot of us are completely disgusted with them as well. The Lancaster song and dance to the detriment of the rest of the Valley has got to stop.

    • Doc Rivers
      December 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Both of these eager beavers must have given Raymond Parris great pleasure for him to reward these ego dependent do gooders with new titles. The scary part is we all know they will do almost anything to keep it. This is the Ron Smith crowd doing what they do best……. reward themselves.

      • stevooo
        December 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

        I beg your pardon!! I happen to know Cassie and I find your remarks uncalled for!! Cassie in no way would lower herself to such levels so bite your tongue. Leave your comments for the Middle School playground where you obviously belong. Its comments like that that portrays the common misconception that all politicians are corrupt when in fact some people really are in it to better the community.

        • Doc Rivers
          December 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

          Your “Cassie” is running with dogs.

          • Ya Think?
            December 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

            My thoughts exactly! You can tell a lot about someone by the company they choose.

  18. Scott Pelka
    December 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Just another buttkiss. Did I say that.

    • AV Town Crier
      December 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Now, now, Scott is that any way to treat a weasel?

  19. Palmdale_Steve
    December 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    And what of Deputy Dog Smith? Did TRex give a reason of why the shiv in the back of his loyal protegee cum stooge?

    • Stinger
      December 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Rexy has no further use for Ron, so its time to throw him under the bus to make way for Rexy’s next puppet.

      • William
        December 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        I was gonna say, Ron is home in bed with bus tire track across his body.

        • Beervana
          December 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          Maybe the place as that blond lady who used to be on city council. Sherry something….didn’t they say she moved to Florida? How convenient.

      • Doc Rivers
        December 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        Marvin Crist suck’s up to Raymond Parris far better than Ron [no chin] Smith could ever hope to but Ramond does not know yet about Marvins fireman past. Kinda like up in smoke the movie but with a fire dept.

        • Alex
          December 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

          Marvin’s past is similar to Ron’s past. One left his post and took a retirement. The other, well let’s just say I would rather have a unsavory Ron who is a known entity.

        • sikntired
          December 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

          I had heard that somewhere, union steward wasn’t he?

          • Doc Rivers
            December 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

            Alot of people got fired including our own vice Mayor but that was not big news then but it sure is now.

  20. Sheldon Carter
    December 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations to both Vice Mayor Christ and Deputy Mayor Harvey! Both will represent themselves and the city well.

    • Serve who well?
      December 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Sheldon? Both Crist and 2nd Dep. Mayor Harvey will represent the city Well? What color is the sky in your jaded world? Perhaps you can summon the totality of your intelligence and define what “representing the city “well” means. If you belong to the AV Cult Church, don’t bother. I understand where your coming from.

      • sikntired
        December 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        Ha ha Shel, looks like the cult people got all lined up in a row to dislike you, you must be doin something right.

        • sikntired
          December 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          Woops-I meant “serve who well “-verysorry.

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