Capt. Lance Clark, commander of the Hesperia sheriff's station, named Hesperia Chamber President Yvonne Woytovich the "Citizen of the Year" during the Chamber's monthly meeting earlier this week.


"I asked my staff who worked the most for the department," Clark said. "Her name came up because she does so much for our community. She seemed to be an obvious choice this year."


According to Clark, Woytovich helped the Hesperia sheriff's station both as an individual and as a chamber executive. She donated candy to the annual Hesperia Police Explorer haunted house and helped support the Officer of the Year award, police explorer and other programs.


Woytovich was hired as the chamber's executive director after a six-month search. A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, she came to the area to work at Fort Irwin in 1997. In 2000 she moved to Apple Valley and worked as a librarian with the San Bernardino County Library, managing the Montclair, Barstow and Victorville libraries.


She has been involved with the Hesperia Days Parade and other local events. Woytovich is a member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives and graduated from the organizations Academy for Chamber Executives last year.


"I'm so honored," Woytovich said. "It's really nice to know I've made a difference."