Council Member W.H. (Bill) De Witt

Council Experience

Council Member De Witt was first elected to serve as a Member of the South Gate City Council in November of 1980, and has served on and off for 23 years. De Witt served an interim appointment on November 3, 2004 to fill a vacancy by former Council Member Steve Gutierrez and was then elected on March 8, 2005 to serve a 4 year term, and was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. On April 10, 2012, he was selected as Mayor. His current term of office expires in March 2017. 

During the Special City Council meeting of October 15, 2019, City Council interviewed candidates that submitted applications to fill the unexpired term of City Council Member Jorge Morales. William H. De Witt was appointed as City Council Member. The City Council term expires in March 2020

Council Member De Witt served on the South Gate Planning Commission between 1978 - 1980 and January 2004 through November 2004 prior to being elected to the City Council.

Education & Business Background

De Witt grew up in Southern California, is a graduate of the University of Southern California and served in the United States Coast Guard. He has been in the wood business industry in South Gate since 1965. Mayor De Witt is an active member of the South Gate Rotary Club, is actively involved in water issues and has an interest in agriculture.

Boards & Committees Served

De Witt serves on the following committees and boards:
  • Emergency Preparedness Commission
  • Independent Cities Association
  • Independent Cities Risk Management Authority
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts 1 and 2
  • Southeast Water Coalition Joint Powers Authority
  • Southern California Association of Governments