Q&A with Bill Holland: The new mayor looks at 2013
Hesperia Mayor Bill Holland is ready to take Hesperia into and through 2013.
A high school graduate, Holland is married to his high school sweetheart and best friend, Lynnette.
“I have three incredible kids, Jennette and her husband, Erric, John and his wife, Krista, William Jr. and his wife Lizette,” Holland said. “I have seven beautiful grandchildren: Andrew, 9, Jake, 7, Kylah, 5, Ava, 4, Gage, 2, Liam, 5 months, and Sadie, two weeks.”
Holland is a career law enforcement officer, three years as an Army MP, 22 years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and four years with the Hesperia Unified School District police.
He was elected to the Hesperia City Council 2010, selected as mayor pro tem in 2011 and mayor in 2012. He serves on the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District as a board member, and served on the zone 4 flood control and solid waste task force and the liaison to the public safety advisory committee.
Q: What are your three major goals as mayor?
A: I want to be a positive presence and force, to be at every event possible, to run each council meeting in a dignified and inclusive manner and to create a team atmosphere amongst all in the council, city staff and the public. I would also like to create a team atmosphere and cohesive relationship between the city council, school board and park board. I will help to create and facilitate a spirit of cooperation and unity among our fellow councils in Victorville, Apple Valley, Adelanto, Barstow and Big Bear.
I believe business creation is imperative to Hesperia, the Victor Valley and the entire San Bernardino County. A strong Hesperia helps make a strong Victor Valley. This creates jobs, sales tax and a positive energy. We must also take care of and be there for our business community that is here and committed to our community.
This may be more than three goals but I think they’re all attainable.
Q: How do you expect to fulfill those goals?
A: To make them a reality, I’ve started by calling for a monthly mayors meeting that will include a second council member from each city, a different one each time. This will help create a team atmosphere to discuss and plan to attack regional issues and concerns. I would also like to reach out to each city’s school boards for a portion of these meetings as well, to address common concerns.
I have reached out to the major retailers, and held our first meeting to begin discussing common concerns and solutions. As the meetings continue the retailers attending will certainly grow.
I would also like to begin a forum for the public to meet with me and discuss their concerns in person with their mayor.
Q: What has your time on city council taught you?
A: My time on the council has made me see that being an elected official is truly a team sport. I believe I enjoy my roll as a council member because my whole life has been about team sports and endeavors. I played football from age 11 until I hung up my cleats at age 48, which was my last season for the Inland Empire Enforcers. Although being on the council is not full contact, I am truly enjoying my roll on this team.
By the way, in my last season that I played for the Enforcers, I had the honor of playing alongside my two sons. Both are football studs, Billy and John, as we all started on the offensive line and played the entire 2008 season together.
In a word, team, team, team!
Q: What are you doing aside from city business?
A: My latest life adventure has taken me into work in the field of private investigations. It’s still early, but I’m enjoying the work and all the challenges it presents.
Q: What are your priorities for the town?
A: My plans for this town, Hesperia, are exactly what I’ve said above: teamwork, unity, business creation and regional pride.
Q: These following issues were from a Hesperia Star interview when you were a city council candidate in October 2010. Where do you stand on these today?
A need for change in Hesperia
A: My stance from 2010 is almost unchanged but now partially in play. I can’t take credit, but I do believe there has been a slight change since my inclusion to the council. This change has been that in my first two years, my fellow council members conducted the business on the dais in a very professional and dignified manner, unlike some previous councils and other local elected bodies.
A: I have always been, am now and will always be a supporter of public safety, which I believe is my first priority and No. 1 job — the No. 1 job of all elected officials. Without feeling safe, and actually being safe, almost nothing else can be normal in society.
Bringing new businesses to the city
A: I talk to anyone and everyone about this great city, its promise and potential to bring in new business, create jobs and improve our community. I was told long ago when I first moved to the High Desert that in time it’ll grow on you. It has. I love living here and will work tirelessly to help it move forward, grow and prosper. Again, in a final word, team!