Chief Melanson has had a distinguished career in law enforcement, spending the majority of his career with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and achieving the rank of Patrol Operations Commander. He has also served as a Deputy, Senior Deputy, Sergeant, and Lieutenant in a variety of special assignments and in smaller sub-stations across the county, giving him an excellent insight and understanding of the law enforcement needs of smaller, rural communities such as Bear Valley Springs.
Chief Melanson holds an Associate’s Degree from Bakersfield College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.
He is well-respected in his field and his extensive experience in law enforcement and his passion for Community Oriented Policing make him an ideal fit for our community.
I was appointed to the Board to fill a vacancy in March 2018, and ran unopposed in November 2018 for reelection to a 4-year term. I spent 8 years in the US Navy as a Nuclear Propulsion Plant Engineer, and the last 25 years designing and selling commercial heating systems. I'm currently pursuing a degree in political science, and I'm pleased to be an active volunteer with the Central CA Animal Disaster Team and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
I am also a member of the BVS Amateur Radio Team, a participant in the Challenge the Bear Bike Ride, an equestrian who enjoys trail and limited distance endurance riding, drummer in a local band, a cyclist (both road and mountain biking) and a Beekay Theater actor.
My primary goal as a Board member is to ensure that in ten years, no one asks the question 'what were they thinking?'. Another important goal is to build a "unity of purpose" between the BVSA and BVCSD for the benefit of the Bear Valley Springs community.
Once my wife Lorrie and I stumbled upon Bear Valley Springs, there was no alternative living area that could compete. We were drawn to the community by the mountain views, guarded gate, internal police and fire departments, and the affable people who live here. We love the lifestyle that affords us block parties, abundant wildlife, horses, golf, and the Country Club.
I began attending board meetings to understand the direction our community was headed. Meeting after meeting, I realized that the current board was mirroring the movie "Groundhog Day" - the same things happened over and over. There was a lot of argument, both internally and externally, unprofessional chatter, and no action.
It is no secret that the infrastructure has been ignored for many years, resulting in deteriorating roads, water system, building structure safety, and mailboxes that will cost more to replace than it would have to repair them over the years. I felt that we could not let this lack of leadership direction continue. The system was broken, and the leaders needed to be replaced. The question I asked myself was "What do 'We the People' need to do?" My personal answer was running for the CSD Board of Directors.
We know what the past has been, but we need to look to the future to protect and preserve our valley. I am focused on long term strategic plans that will outlast the elected cycles, and an open door with residents that embraces honesty, integrity, commitment, and common sense. I know that the people of Bear Valley Springs are at their best when we work together to face and solve problems.
I currently work as a miner at a local mining company. I am a team member of the Emergency Rescue Team at the mine. My certifications are in High-angle Rescue, trench, Haz-Mat, Medical , Confined Space, & AED/ CPR. I am also a volunteer at the BVS police department. I feel that some of my training along with experience and knowledge could be of some use to our Bear Valley Springs Community. I’m excited and looking forward to meeting all of our awesome neighbors.
With more than 30 years of city and town management experience in California, Washinton, Minnesota, and Missouri, Bill has managed annual budgets ranging from 6 million dollars to 95 million dollars and has led both small and medium sized communities.
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Public Administration and was a International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager for 15 years.