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.
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.)