James C. Ledford Jr.
Born in 1951, Graduated 1975,
James C. Ledford Jr. was elected to his eleventh term as mayor of
the City of Palmdale on November 8, 2011. Ledford also served
four years as a City of Palmdale planning commissioner and two
years as a councilmember prior to his first election as mayor in
A graduate of Palmdale High School, Ledford attended Antelope
Valley College and received management training at Lockheed
Development Corporation. Ledford, a resident of the City of
Palmdale since 1968, served as a supervisor at Lockheed for six
years. He also designed, built, owned and operated a small
business in Palmdale for 10 years. In addition to his extensive
Mayoral duties, Ledford currently works as a leadership and business
Ledford represents the City Council as a delegate for the Antelope Valley Air Quality
Management District, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, High Desert Corridor Joint Powers
Authority and Inland Port Task Force; has served as Chairman of the Los Angeles County
Sanitation District Nos. 14 and 20; and has been Chairman of the North County Transportation
Coalition since 1995. He also serves as Chairman of the Palmdale Airport Authority.
Mayor Ledford is also active in a number of other civic and community organizations including
the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association which supports the Veteran community,
and the Boy Scouts of America. He is the 2010 recipient of the William J. "Pete" Knight
Leadership award presented by the Boy Scouts of America, and received the NASA Exceptional
Public Service Medal in 2010. Ledford was elected to both the Palmdale High School and
Antelope Valley College Halls of Fame.
Ledford and his wife Rachelle live in Palmdale and enjoy spending time with their
granddaughter Kyla McKenzie.
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