Assemblymember Salas Honors Cherylee Wegman as Woman of the Year

Monday, March 12, 2018

Assemblymember Salas honors Cherylee Wegman as Woman of the Year on Assembly floor

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the California State Assembly honored Cherylee Wegman as the 2018 Woman of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District.  Assemblymember Salas recognized Wegman during the annual Capitol ceremony for her long-standing community service throughout Kern County.

“The positive impact that Cherylee has had in our communities is nothing short of amazing,” said Assemblymember Salas. “She has influenced the lives of so many with her dedication, tireless work ethic and selfless spirit.  Her leadership and compassion continue to inspire and make a meaningful difference in our communities.  I am proud to recognize Cherlylee for her enduring commitment to Kern County.”

“Community service is the most satisfying thing an individual can do for their community.  When individuals help others, the community blossoms,” said Councilmember Wegman.  “We need our citizens to come together and promote a better quality of life.  When we offer our time for a good community project we will see a positive change in our community.  I thank Assemblymember Salas for this award and share the honor with the many remarkable and deserving women who make contributions to our community every day.”

Throughout her accomplished journey serving the greater San Joaquin Valley, Wegman has worn many hats and has made inestimable contributions to the community.  Currently, she serves as a Wasco City Councilmember, and was formerly the first female Mayor of Wasco.  Wegman has served as the President of the South San Joaquin Division of The League of California Cities and has occupied a seat as the board member for numerous endeavors, including Valley Voice, Cal Cog and LAFCO.

Presently, Wegman is a Board member for the Delano Community Alliance, CalVans, and is the Chairman of Kern Council of Governments for Kern County.  In addition, she also sits on the Citizen Advisory Committee at Wasco State Prison; serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Cities Allied with Prisons (ACCAP); and is an active member of the Wasco Community Alliance Partnership.

Wegman has earned her Vocational Education Teaching Credential through the UCLA Extension Program, and has used her expertise to aid and lead efforts in the Downtown Wasco Beatification Project with local junior high and high school students.

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Wegman to a public-private partnership focused on improving economic vitality and the quality of life for the 3.9 million residents of the San Joaquin Valley.  In 2004, Wegman was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Wasco Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

The annual Woman of the Year event has been a Capitol tradition since 1987 to highlight the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state during Women’s History Month.


Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.

Assemblymember Salas honors Cherylee Wegman with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assemblymembers Eggman and Dahle