The mayor has responsibility for more than 225
appointments. I have a long history of identifying, recruiting
and bringing people together to work on solutions for the
betterment of our community. This skill is important to have
high-functioning boards, commissions and committees.
The task at hand is to inspire and drive change in how the
organization operates and how people do their work. It's a
tall task. It means empowering employees, improving
processes, flattening management, establishing metrics,
cross-training and rewarding good performance and
intolerance of poor ones.
The mayor is the face of Palmdale and needs to be its chief
promoter and communicator. I have success in marketing
and promoting Palmdale, recruiting business and customer
loyalty during a challenging economic time.
I have a record of engagement as a tireless volunteer and
professional leader with many organizations in Palmdale
(Palmdale Business District, Education Foundation,
Neighborhood Association Council, and Historic
I have extensive expertise
in how the city works over
the past administration,
including budget oversight.
As a former mayor, I've
been active in our largest
expense area, wages and
One can't just step into an
budget and be effective. I
know where the money
goes. I won't require
training from the people
that the mayor needs to
I spent most of my career in
including leadership of an
organization similar in size
to the city that also required
change and improvement.
And we did it!
I have an optimistic vision
for the city, understanding
that we need to work on
immediate issues within
current economic conditions
while at that same time
setting the stage for future
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Robert "Bo" Bynum Board
member of Palmdale
School District endorsed
Dr. Farrukh endorsed
James Ledford for Mayor of
Kamal Al-Khatib, Executive
Director at The Guidance
Charter School endorsed
James Ledford for Mayor.