Ben Benoit

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Appointing Authority - Cities of Riverside County

On November 19, 2012, Mayor Pro Tem Benoit was selected by the Riverside County City Selection Committee to serve on the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board.  By a unanimous vote of the Mayors present, Mayor Pro Tem Benoit was chosen to fill the unexpired seat left vacant by the retirement of City of Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge.  In January 2016, Mayor Pro Tem Benoit was sworn in as Vice Chair. 

Growing up in the Coachella Valley and starting his own computer networking business in 2001, Mayor Pro Tem Benoit moved to the City of Wildomar in 2004.  After personally going though the development process of building a house off of an unmaintained dirt road in Wildomar, he became a strong supporter of the effort to incorporate Wildomar as a City in order to bring local control to the community. 

Having been involved in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Pro Tem Benoit was encouraged to run for the Wildomar City Council in 2010 and was elected. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011 and 2014 and as Mayor in 2012 and 2015.

Mayor Pro Tem Benoit serves as Vice Chair for Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and was a part of the Board when it won the President’s Award for Excellence from Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for WRCOG's HERO program. The HERO Financing Program is the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, and Mayor Pro Tem Benoit is a strong supporter of bringing this program to other municipalities throughout California.

Serving on Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Mayor Pro Tem Benoit has been a strong supporter of helping further Metrolink's reach into Riverside County.  He sits on the Perris Valley Line (PVL) ad hoc committee, and is proud of his participation in bringing such an important project to fruition.

In addition, serving on two conservation boards, Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) and as Vice-Chair of Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), Councilmember Benoit understands the need to meet Federal mandates while supporting local businesses.

Mayor Pro Tem Benoit’s community involvement is motivated by his family. "My daughter Abby is the primary reason I decided to become politically involved. Wanting to ensure a better quality of life for her is the primary reason I spend so much time focused on improving our community."