(Apple Valley)– It’s not often Apple Valley Mayor Scott Nassif is caught by surprise, but that was the case last night when he was presented with the 2011 Larry Chimbole Public Service Award, surrounded by elected officials and staff from the 15 cities in the Desert/Mountain Division of the League of California Cities.
“It’s humbling, but very rewarding, to be recognized by your peers,” said Nassif, as he accepted the award from Larry Chimbole himself.
The Larry Chimbole Public Service Award was established in 2006 and presented to the award’s namesake. Each year since, it has become a tradition to recognize one outstanding elected official and one city manager who shares Chimbole’s high personal character as well as his dedication to public service through outstanding service to municipal government, leadership and activism with the League of California Cities. Chimbole was the first mayor of Palmdale, and served on the council from 1962 to 1974, then in the state Assembly from 1974 to 1978.
“Nassif is a public official of the highest character and ethics. He works without expectation of public notice, acknowledgement or credit,” said Frank Robinson, Apple Valley Town Manager. “But no one is more deserving of this recognition than Scott.”
Nassif is the past president of the Desert/Mountain Division (2007 – 2010) and has been the Town’s delegate to the League of California Cities since 2004. He has been an active participant on the Housing Community Economic Development (HCED) policy committee since his appointment in 2005, and currently serves as the committee’s chairman. He has also served on the League resolution committee and annual conference program committee.
In November 2010, Nassif was elected to his third term on the Town Council. He is the current mayor, and also served as mayor in 2004-05. He served on the Apple Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors, also an elected position, from 1997 – 2002.
His deep seated respect for the office to which he has been entrusted is evident in his conduct. Nassif is dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Apple Valley by advocating protection of local control and funding for vital community services. He is also an active supporter of the Town’s business and non-profit community. A member of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Board from 1996 – 2002, and as Board Chairman in 2001. He is the current president of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley (2011-12), leading a club of nearly 80 members. He also serves on the board of the Apple Valley Police Activities League, which has been successful in reaching at-risk youth, and re-directing them toward positive efforts.
Nassif is recognized as someone who truly cares about Apple Valley. He is an approachable, friendly face and he takes his role as Mayor to heart. His days and weekends are filled with events and activities as he represents the Town of Apple Valley. From judging the official apple pie of the Town of Apple Valley, to supporting and encouraging local organizations and businesses as they celebrate milestones, Nassif is a hands-on Mayor. Earlier this year he even climbed to the top of a play structure and slid down the slide at the dedication of a new playground at Civic Center Park!
Nassif was born and raised in Apple Valley, after his family moved here in the 1950s. His dad was the first optometrist in the community, and Nassif has been a business owner in town for 35 years. He and his wife, Susan, own and operate four Napa Auto Parts stores, employing 64 people. They have two sons, Chad and Brian.