Tehachapi City Council member Phil Smith. 

Courtesy of the City of Tehachapi

Tehachapi City Councilman Phil Smith will receive the Ronald E. Brummet Regional Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement.

Given by Kern Council of Governments, it recognizes individuals who have been actively involved with both local and Kern COG’s regional transportation efforts. 

According to a city news release, Smith has helped facilitate several projects that have transformed Tehachapi.

Some of his contributions include construction of Challenger Drive, which provided a critical second road to the new Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley site. He’s also helped transform downtown, with projects like the Tehachapi Railroad Depot, BeeKay Theatre, Freedom Plaza and the Visitor’s Center.

He joined the Kern COG board of directors in 1995 and was involved in the prioritization process of regional transportation projects including Highway 58 through Mojave, and the widening of highways 14 and 395, which have increased economic opportunities in east Kern.

According to the city news release, Kern County Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner said, "Congratulations to Councilman Phil Smith on receiving Kern COG’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I have served on Kern COG with Councilman Smith for many years and appreciate his strong advocacy for important transportation projects throughout Kern County."

Smith has also been actively involved with the Tehachapi City Council since 1986, and has been elected mayor or mayor pro-tem seven times during his tenure with the council.

Smith will be presented the award on March 1 in Bakersfield.