Lancaster native R. Rex Parris became the City’s third directly-elected mayor in April 2008. His immediate aggressive stance regarding the overall well-being of Lancaster residents quickly generated dramatic results which have gained nationwide recognition. Due to his fervent dedication to progress, strong leadership style and many accomplishments toward the evolution of his hometown, Parris was reelected in 2010 and 2012. The latter extended his mayoral duties for another four years.
Upon taking office, Mayor Parris embarked on a mission to dramatically reduce Lancaster’s crime rate. As a result of his steadfast resolve, the City’s crime rate plummeted nearly 40% since his election. Community health and wellness issues have also been at the top of the Mayor’s list. He has worked aggressively with City staff, the medical community, and faith-based organizations in Lancaster to foster a three-pronged approach to tackling total-health problems facing neighborhoods with high needs, primarily due to socio-economic status. The result is an extraordinary presence in eight local areas which now have Neighborhood Impact Homes, Wellness Homes and Community Gardens.
Maintaining a tight-knit community focus, Parris served as the catalyst for Lancaster’s downtown renaissance which completely transformed the heart of the city into a massive cultural epicenter. This community gathering place not only hosts annual mega-events such as the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix, BooLVD Halloween & Harvest Festival, and Magical BLVD Christmas; it also offers seasonal concerts, a weekly farmers market, and daily one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experiences.
The municipal fortitude demonstrated during the worst economic downturn in more than 75 years was taken up a notch with the repositioning of Lancaster as a global leader in the alternative energy realm. This shift came about when Mayor Parris developed and implemented his vision of making Lancaster the Alternative Energy Capital of the World. His numerous successes in this arena have garnered worldwide media attention on an ongoing basis.
A graduate of Antelope Valley Community College, as well as the prestigious Scholar’s Program at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Parris earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern University School of Law. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1980.
Thankful for their continued blessings, Carrol and Rex generously support local charities, law enforcement, and educational scholarships.