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Welcome To Bakersfield
Mailing Address:

City of Bakersfield
Attn: (Councilmember)
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Mayor Phones:
Office: 661-326-3770
Fax: 661-852-2035

Council Phones:
Office: 661-326-3767
Fax: 661-323-3780

E-mail Mayor Harvey L. Hall:

E-mail City Council Members:


Bob Smith

Russell Johnson

Bob Smith
Ward 4

Term Expires: 
November, 2018

Office: 661-326-3767

Cell: 661-330-1404

Community Service

Current Service:
Bakersfield City Councilmember, Ward 4
Elected November 2012, Re-elected November 2014

City Council Committees:
Planning and Development Committee - Chairman
Community Services Committee - Committee Member
Water Board – Board Member

Kern Council of Governments - City Representative
Bike Bakersfield - Owner/Founder and Board Member

Past Service:
Bakersfield Christian High School
Board Member 2006 – 2013

Professional Background and Community Involvement
Bob has owned his own independent civil engineering and land planning business in Bakersfield for over 30 years.

In addition to his service on the B.C.H.S. board, Bob is also the founder of Bike Bakersfield, a local non-profit that promotes bike safety for adults and youth, and advocates for safe routes throughout the Bakersfield area.

Bob  received  a  Bachelor  of  Science degree  in  Civil  Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

Professional Affiliations
Licensed Civil Engineer, State of California
Licenses Land Surveyor, State of California

Bob is married to his wonderful wife, Pamela. Bob and his wife have called Bakersfield home for 35 years. Together, they have four grown children. They attend Riverlakes Community Church.

As a Councilmember, Bob is dedicated to improving street safety for all residents of Bakersfield. He is particularly passionate about working to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities on our roadways. To this end, Bob pushed through passage of the Bicycle Transportation Plan and the Complete Streets Resolution. Bob continues this work to create a safer and more efficient road system for all road users.

As part of his goal to improve the local economy, Bob is committed to attracting  individuals  and  businesses  from  a  quality-of-life  perspective. Bob is a strong proponent of finishing our segmented freeway system. The opening of the Westside Parkway has been a great benefit to Ward 4 residents. Bob has and will continue to push freeway projects forward. A good transportation network for freight, automobiles, bicyclists, and pedestrians is essential to a vibrant economy.

Bob is also dedicated to restoring water in the river. As one of three Councilmembers who comprise the Water Board, Bob continues to direct staff to use all methods possible to achieve this goal. The continuing drought and the recent state legislation requiring groundwater management make it even more apparent that the plan to restore water in the river for groundwater recharge is necessary for the long-term sustainability of our water resources.

Bob is focused on staying attentive to the specific needs of Ward 4 residents while also maintaining a greater vision for the community as a whole. Bob is proud to be a part of the redevelopment of downtown Bakersfield and  to  work with  groups  such as  Bakersfield Young Professionals and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful on additional quality-of-life improvements.