Re-elected in June 2008, San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt has worked extensively to bring jobs to his High Desert community. His 17,000-square-mile district is the largest in the contiguous United States. During his first four years in office, despite economic struggles in the region, he has helped expand the Victor Valley College nurse training program and establish its School of Aviation Technology at the Southern California Logistics Airport.
Now Vice-Chairman of the county’s governing Board of Supervisors, the First District Supervisor acquired and renovated the Victor Valley Museum, which prevented its bankruptcy and allowed it to reopen as a fully accredited county museum annex. He has overseen the construction of the Jerry Lewis High Desert County Government Center in Hesperia as well as the Phelan Memorial Library, the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Park, new fire stations in Oak Hills and Phelan, an improved Barstow Sheriff's substation and Lucerne Valley Fire Station and future new fire stations in Spring Valley Lake, Amboy and Needles. He has helped expand parks in Helendale, Phelan/Pinon Hills, and Yermo.
As 2010-2011 President of San Bernardino Associated Governments, the county's transportation commission, Brad Mitzelfelt initiated the council of governments’ first General Assembly, where he signed the first-ever Countywide Vision Statement on behalf of the agency, the county, and its 24 cities. Brad Mitzelfelt is seeing to the construction of east-west corridors in the Victor Valley, including the Ranchero Corridor in Hesperia, the Yucca Loma Bridge in Apple Valley and the Yates-Green-Tree corridor to the soon-to-be-constructed Nisqualli interchange in Victorville. He is also laying the groundwork for a new railroad and river crossing at Shadow Mountain Road in Helendale. As Chairman of the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, he is working on a new expressway from Victorville to Palmdale.
Brad Mitzelfelt has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in local, state and federal dollars, putting thousands of people back to work while improving critical infrastructure including roads and highways.
Brad Mitzelfelt convinced the county to triple the county’s Adelanto Detention Center's capacity years ahead of schedule, creating more than 200 jobs in its construction and approximately 200 high-paying jobs when the county begins to staff the facilities. This project, now under construction, will have the added benefit of allowing deputies to book suspects into jail in the High Desert and return to their patrols rather than driving to Rancho Cucamonga.
Brad Mitzelfelt successfully pushed for the payment of needed funds from major solar projects, offsetting costs for fire and other emergency services in remote areas along heavily traveled Interstates 15 and 40. Concerned with public safety as well as the safety of animals, Brad Mitzelfelt established a needed pit bull control ordinance. He also created a sex-offender tracking unit in the Sheriff's Department, increased GPS tracking of and other controls for child predators, and initiated a national award-winning program that identifies illegal immigrants in the county's jails at a minimal cost. He also recently convinced county administration to use the e-Verify program to check the immigration status of all county employees as well as the employees of companies who contract with the county.
A married father of one, Brad Mitzelfelt is a key supporter of local organizations including the American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Victor Valley College, and St. Mary Medical Center. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A former United States Marine with over 10 years of active and reserve military service, Brad Mitzelfelt earned a Combat Action Ribbon during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands.