On November 5, 2019, Mayor R. Rex Parris announced his intent to nominate Darrell Dorris to finish the term of Councilwoman Angela Underwood-Jacobs’ when she steps down on December 3, 2019. Mayor Parris intends to appoint Deputy Mayor, Darrell Dorris to the City Council subject to the council’s approval of his nomination at the City’s next Council meeting on December 10, 2019.
“Working with Deputy Mayor Dorris has been an exceptionally rewarding experience not only for myself but also for our entire community,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. 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. “Dorris’ work as Deputy Mayor will make a lasting impression on our community for years to come,” said Parris.
Deputy Mayor Dorris’ 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, CA as a mechanic.
Dorris found his true calling in serving the community after working for the LA 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 in Lancaster, CA where he expanded his ability to help the community he loves and cherishes. Dorris travels around the world to spread the word of God and share his knowledge with other ministries. Through the church, Dorris provides counseling and coordinates community service projects throughout Los Angeles County. Dorris is married to his wife, Roshunda, and they have four children together.
“We will be fortunate to have such a compassionate and dedicated member of the community serving as our next City Councilmember,” said Parris.