Mayor Pro-Tem Rudy Cabriales
It is a pleasure serving as your Mayor Pro-Tem. My relationship with this city began in 1976 when I accepted the position as the first Fire Chief. My love for this community, however, surpassed fire protection and I soon found myself deeply involved in community activities ranging from Boy Scouts to Sister City efforts. While I believe local government is tasked to provide quality services to its citizens, I have a strong belief that each of us has a responsibility to make our community a better place for our children.
As our community grows we must continue to be diligent and stay on course. Our job as the Victorville City Council is to make sure we provide the highest level of service possible from fire protection to law enforcement to roads to parks.
But our job doesn’t end there. I believe we must offer ample opportunities to succeed for everyone who chooses Victorville. The opportunity you seek may be housing, employment or a business opportunity. Please know this City Council is committed to securing a variety of new jobs, creating a business friendly environment and providing housing opportunities for all of our citizens.
As you continue to live in our fine community and begin to enjoy success, I hope you choose to reinvest your time and talents in our community. This City has numerous clubs, organizations and other worthwhile efforts that need you in order to succeed.
If you are new to our community I welcome you. If you are a longtime resident I look forward to your continuing contributions.
PS. Please feel free to give me a call at 955-3854.
About Mayor Pro-Tem Cabriales
Rodolfo "Rudy" Cabriales came to the City of Victorville in 1976 as the City's first full-time Fire Chief, retiring in June 1997. Chief Cabriales has over 48 years of public service to his credit.
Cabriales was born in 1937 in Fresno. In 1952 his family moved to Calexico. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1955, served overseas in Japan and was deployed to the Taiwan crisis in 1958-59. He was honorably discharged in April 1960 with the rank of Sergeant. He continued his military service as a member of the Army National Guard from 1978 to 1993, when he retired with 20 years of service.
Upon his discharge from the Marines, Cabriales returned to Calexico. He joined the Calexico Fire Department as a career firefighter in 1960, and worked his way up through a variety of positions, including fire captain, fire inspector, training officer and battalion chief. In 1972, he achieved the rank of Fire Chief with the Coachella Fire Department, a position he held until he joined the Victorville Fire Department in 1976.
As Victorville Fire Chief, he was instrumental in improving the City's ISO rating (fire insurance rating) from a Class 6 in 1976 to a Class 3 in 1994. As a result, Victorville is the only city in the High Desert to achieve the Class 3 rating.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Cabriales prior to his retirement, made an impact in the community through his affiliation with many professional organizations. He was actively involved in the California Fire Chiefs Association also served in the capacity of State Chair; he is also part of its Bombero (Mexico firefighter exchange) program, since 1965. He is also a life member of the California State Firefighter's Association, the California Fire Chiefs Association, the Mexican Fire Chiefs Association, the San Bernardino Fire Chiefs Association, the Victorville Firefighters Association, the International Fire Chiefs Association and the Victorville Safe City Committee.
In his spare time, Cabriales volunteers in the community. He currently is a member of the Victorville Elks Lodge and is Past President of the High Desert Hispanic Chamber Foundation. He is also currently a member of the Sister City Committee, V.F.W. and American G.I. Forum. Former affiliations include the Boy Scouts of America, Victor Valley College Diversity Advisory Committee, Foot printers, the United Way and the Los Dorados del Valle group.
Cabriales has been a member of the Victorville City Council since November 1998. He currently serves as Commissioner with the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority. He has been honored by a local Republican Committee for his contribution to the Latino community, and was honored as Distinguished Citizen by the High Desert District, Boy Scouts of America.
Cabriales is the father of two sons. He has nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Cabriales and his wife Vickie live in Victorville and are very active within the Spice of Life cultural festival.