LANCASTER – Former longtime basketball coach at Antelope Valley College, Newton Chelette, is the Lancaster Criminal Justice Commission’s newest member.
Chelette was sworn in at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. In nominating Chelette, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said Chelette was renowned for his contributions to AVC.
“When he was the basketball coach, we won championship after championship after championship. He is principally responsible for that beautiful athletic field, making that happen, and revamping the entire sports program,” said Parris. “And so it’s an honor to appoint him to the Criminal Justice Commission. He has agreed to serve and we look forward to the council approving him.”
Just one day after he was sworn in, Chelette attended his first meeting as a Criminal Justice Commissioner Wednesday.
“I’d like to say I am very honored to serve on this commission and thank Marvin Crist who got this started two years ago when he asked me to join the Sheriff’s Boosters Club, which I have been on the Board of Directors now for three or four years,” said Chelette. “Law enforcement has always been in my family, my dad was in law enforcement for over 50 years, my son is now a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy for a year and a half, and before I moved to California, I was also a Commission Deputy back in Calcasieu Parrish in Louisiana, so it’s just a pleasure to be able to serve on this commission.”
Chelette joins Mark Brown, Jim Gaupel, Tim Fuller, Concepcion Harris, Dennis Greer and Chair David Vierra on the Lancaster Criminal Justice Commission.