LANCASTER — Mayor R. Rex Parris nominated Deputy Mayor Darrell Dorris to finish the unexpired term of Council Member Angela Underwood-Jacobs, when she steps down on Dec. 3 to run for Congress.

Dorris’ appointment to the City Council is subject to the Council’s approval of his nomination at the Dec. 10 City Council meeting.

Parris appointed Dorris to serve as the City’s third deputy mayor in May 2017.

“Working with Deputy Mayor Dorris has been an exceptionally rewarding experience not only for myself, but also for our entire community,” Parris said in a statement. “Over the past two years, Deputy Mayor Dorris has committed his life to bridging the gap between the City and Lancaster’s faith-based leaders. Through his strategic partnerships and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of all residents, Deputy Mayor Dorris has championed community service programs that protects jobs, helps at risk youth and provides sensible assistance to Lancaster’s homeless population.”

Parris said Dorris’ work as deputy mayor will make a lasting impression on our community for years to come.

His path to Lancaster’s City Council was not a traditional one. Dorris graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood and soon after attended El Camino College, where he majored in music. He started his career at Aerospace Dynamics in Valencia, as a mechanic.

He found his true calling in serving the community, after working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department as their community service officer of Operation Read. During his time with the LA County Probation Department, Dorris successfully helped secure critical resources for minors to improve their reading and comprehension skills.

In 2002, Dorris opened the Living Faith Cathedral on Avenue J and Sierra Highway, where he expanded his ability to help the community he loves and cherishes. He travels around the world to spread the word of God and share his knowledge with other ministries. Through the church, he provides counseling and coordinates community service projects throughout Los Angeles County. He is married to his wife Roshunda and together, they have four children.

“We are fortunate to have such a compassionate and dedicated member of the community serving as our next City Council Member,” Parris said in a statement.

The City of Lancaster will hold an election April 14. In addition to Underwood-Jacobs’ seat, those of Parris and Councilman Ken Mann will be decided.

Underwood-Jacobs announced her resignation at the City Council’s Oct. 22 meeting to focus on her campaign for the 25th Congressional District seat formerly held by first-term Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce.

Hill announced her resignation Oct. 27, following allegations of relations with staff members that triggered a House Ethics Committee investigation and following the online release of nude photos of Hill in conservative outlets.

The filing period for the March 2020 primary begins Tuesday. Three Republicans and one Democrat previously announced intentions to run for Hill’s seat. In addition to Underwood-Jacobs, the Republicans are former Navy fighter pilot Mike Garcia of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Cripe.

Since Hill’s resignation, Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, announced her intention to contend in the special election and former Rep. Steve Knight, the two-term Republican incumbent Hill beat in 2018, has said he “is looking to run.”

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who served time in federal prison after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators, has also filed to run.

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