Larry Chimbole Public Service Award
The League of California Cities (LOCC) Desert-Mountain Division named Palmdale Mayor Pro Tem Laura Bettencourt (District 3) as the recipient of the Larry Chimbole Public Service Award at its annual awards banquet, held on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Lemon Leaf Restaurant in Palmdale.
Bettencourt was nominated by the Palmdale City Council and selected by the League’s Desert Mountain Division’s Selection Committee, which consists of elected officials from the Desert Mountain Division. The Desert-Mountain Division is comprised of 15 cities including Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Bishop, California City, Hesperia, Lancaster, Mammoth Lakes, Needles, Palmdale, Ridgecrest, Twentynine Palms, Victorville and Yucca Valley.
“We couldn’t be any prouder of Laura,” said Palmdale City Manager J.J. Murphy. “She has dedicated so much of herself to our City and our residents over the years. Even as she continues her brave fight in her battle against cancer, she is working hard to make a positive difference in our community. Laura Bettencourt personifies the true spirit of this prestigious award.”
The Larry Chimbole Public Service Award is designed to recognize elected officials and/or city managers serving in the Desert/Mountain Division of the League of California Cites. The recipient must share Larry Chimbole’s dedication to public service through outstanding service to municipal government, leadership and activism with the LOCC, and high personal character. The award was established in 2006 and presented to the award’s namesake.
Bettencourt was elected to her first term on the City Council in 2009, and re-elected later that year and again in 2016, and 2018. She was named Mayor Pro Tem in 2020. Bettencourt works as a crime and intelligence analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has done so for 22 years. She previously worked for Northrop Grumman at Site 4 on the B2 Bomber project. For the past 20 years, Bettencourt has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College teaching courses in criminal justice.