Ken Henderson a 38-year resident of Grand Terrace will serve as Grand Terrace’s city councilman for the remaining term of councilman Bill Hussey’s seat. Hussey had two years left on his term as councilman and was required to resign from his council seat to move into the mayoral seat.
This is not the first time Henderson has served the City of Grand Terrace. In 2014 and 2015 Henderson served as Interim City Manager.
In December of 2017, Henderson served on the Grand Terrace City Council finishing the term of council member Brian Reinarz who had resigned from the position for personal reasons. The council chose Henderson to replace him until a special election to fill Reinarz’s seat for the remaining two years of his term could be held in November 2018.
From October 1996 to February 2012, Henderson was employed by the town of Apple Valley as the Assistant Town Manager for Economic and Community development/Executive Director. His responsibilities included planning, organizing, directing, and managing the town's economic development, redevelopment, housing, and special projects functions; he planned, organized, directed, and managed the Town's planning, engineering, and building and safety functions. He managed 27 staff members allocated to the planning, Building and Safety, and Economic Development, and served as Town Manager in the absence of the Town Manager.
April 1995 to October 1996 Henderson held the position of assistant director for the City of Lancaster.
September 1990 to April 1995, Henderson was the executive director of the Economic Development Agency, Development Department (Redevelopment Agency) for the City of San Bernardino.
September 1986 to September 1990, Henderson was the director of Community Development for the City of San Bernardino.
Henderson was sworn in on Tuesday, January 24, at City Hall, located at 22795 Barton Road. He was sworn in by his wife, Cecilia. Henderson will serve on the council for two years until Hussey’s term as councilman ends in 2024.
Henderson thanked the council for their expression of confidence, “I want to thank the council in particular and the citizens of Grand Terrace for their support and the congratulations that I have received.”
“I appreciate the council’s confidence in me, and I will ensure that your investment in me returns benefits to the community as a whole,” declared Henderson.
Henderson humbly shared, “I would like to thank my parents both who have passed on, Robert and Ana Henderson. And last but not least, I would like to thank my wife, Cecilia- the most amazing person I know.”
“I believe that I bring added value to the city council. The vision that you have in front of you is a vision that I worked on as a city staff person. Someone once said, ‘if you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.’ So having the vision for this particular community, and having the opportunity, from my perspective to continue to work on that vision is not only exciting but inspirational,” Henderson stated confidently.
In closing, Henderson said, “thank you to my wife, the council, and the members of my community. I look forward to serving you, serving you effectively, and working with the council in unity.”