Apple Valley Mayor Barb Stanton and Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson were awarded the 2015 Larry Chimbole Public Service Awards at a dinner in Palmdale on December 11.
The awards are the top recognition for public service given by the Desert/Mountain Division of the League of California Cities, made up of elected officials and administrators from 15 cities. The occasion marked the first time in three years that a city manager was included, and the first time since the award’s inception that two honorees were from the same city.
The Larry Chimbole Public Service Award was established in 2006 and presented to the award’s namesake, who passed away this November at the age of 95 after an impressive career in local and state government. Each year since, the Division recognizes one outstanding elected official and, on occasion, a city manager, who share Chimbole’s high personal character as well as his dedication to outstanding service to municipal government, leadership and activism with the League of California Cities.
Since being elected to the Apple Valley Town Council in November 2010, Stanton has served on several local and regional boards and commissions. She currently serves on the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, Victor Valley Transit Authority, Apple Valley Road Ad Hoc Committee, Southern California Association of Governments and San Bernardino Associated Governments.
“Barb is a devoted servant to the high desert and advocates heavily for issues and concerns facing our Town and our region,” said Scott Nassif, mayor pro tem of Apple Valley. Nassif is also vice president of the Desert/Mountain Division, and recipient of the Larry Chimbole Award in 2011.
Additionally, she personally devotes her time and energy to causes that ensure “A Better Way of Life” in Apple Valley and beyond, including the Phoenix Foundation, Relay for Life, No Drugs America and Donate for Life. She was recognized as a “Most Inspiring Woman of the Victor Valley” in 2009, for which she received official recognition from San Bernardino County and the California State Assembly.
Town Manager Frank Robinson received the Desert/Mountain Division Public Service Award, in recognition for lifetime achievement in municipal government. Nominated by City Managers in Hesperia, Big Bear Lake, Victorville and Barstow, Robinson was lauded for navigating the difficult transitional period of post-redevelopment agencies.
Among his many accomplishments, he is a leader of the high desert retail marketing collaboration known as Opportunity High Desert, an initiative that has joined all of the region’s cities together to attract new business instead of competing for limited sales tax revenue.
Robinson is an outspoken advocate of higher education and empowering others to achieve their goals. Under his leadership and encouragement, 15 Town employees have completed or are currently enrolled in college degree programs. He also serves as a volunteer mentor for the inaugural High Desert Leadership Academy.
“Without a doubt, it is Frank’s exemplary community spirit that qualified him to be honored as a Larry Chimbole award winner,” said Doug Robertson, Victorville City Manager