Neil Derry

Neil Derry is the former Third District supervisor for San Bernardino County.

By Toni Momberger, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/04/14, 12:08 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Redlands >> Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry announced Monday that he will run for Redlands City Council.

He says there are opportunities for economic development that have gone untapped, and that he is eager to help his city prosper.

“I’m running with new ideas and new opportunities the city has not taken advantage of to date,” he said.

Derry, 45, moved to Redlands from San Bernardino in 2009 with his wife and 9-year-old son because he wanted his son to be in the Redlands Unified School District. He was serving as supervisor for the 3rd District at the time.

He said that during his term the county gave more than $1 million to the Redlands YMCA, supported the Redlands Community Music Association and the Shakespeare Festival, and contributed to the Redlands Fire Department’s ladder truck.

“These are all things the county hadn’t done before,” he said. “I made a large commitment to this city, and we followed through and I hope to do that on the Redlands City Council.”

Derry said he has been approached for the past month and a half by a number of people, both in the Republican party and people who’ve previously run for Redlands City Council.

“They told me I had a lot to offer to the city of Redlands,” he said. “They’re looking for a candidate to represent what they believe and think.”

This is far from Derry’s first race. Over the past 15 years he successfully ran twice for San Bernardino City Council, and he ran twice for the supervisor post. He has served on the Republican Central Committee three times, including as executive director.

His first involvement in politics was volunteering for the county Republican party in 1991.

“I’ve got quite a bit of experience in my private sector work,” he said. “I worked in Legislature five years, and a private public relations firm that dealt with labor unions. I’ve been involved in just about every type of development project you can imagine from major business parks to housing developments. I was a region manager for Southern California Edison for almost eight years.”

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