Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/22/2009 03:08:10 PM PST

COLTON – This month, Mayor Kelly Chastain was presented with the League of California Cities James S. Thalman Memorial Public Service Award.

Chastain is the seventh recipient of the award, which honors elected and appointed city officials for outstanding efforts on behalf of their city.

The league’s Inland Empire Division President, Rancho Cucamonga Councilman L. Dennis Michael, said Chastain was selected “for her dedication of service on behalf of her city and region to protect and further the cause of vital local government services.”

This year, former winners selected Chastain, Michael said. They determined the honor would only be given out if there’s a deserving candidate, he said. Chastain said she was “overwhelmed and very pleasantly surprised” with the award. She has served on the City Council since 1996 and was elected mayor in 2006. Chastain also serves on a slew of regional commissions.

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