Citizen of the Year

Since 2004, the City of Yorba Linda has honored a member of the community who provides uncommon and outstanding volunteer service, devoting his or her time and talent to making our community a better place to live and work through the Citizen of the Year recognition.     

nomination Information

Nominations for the 2021 Citizen of the Year are no longer being accepted as the deadline for nominations has now passed. The City looks forward to announcing the 2021 Citizen of the Year in October at the State of the City Address. For more information about the nomination criteria that will be used to select the Citizen of the Year, please review the information below:  

nomination criteria

  • Nominee must be an individual residing in Yorba Linda;
  • Nominee must currently participate in humanitarian/volunteer activities that make a difference in the City of Yorba Linda and/or the community at large.  Special consideration will be given to nominees whose volunteer work directly benefits Yorba Linda and/or brings significant recognition to the City;
  • Nominee must be an exceptional role model and have an active interest in the betterment of Yorba Linda; and
  • The nominee may not be a current City of Yorba Linda employee or a current elected or appointed official.

selection process

  • Completed nomination forms received by the deadline will be carefully reviewed by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee, which is comprised of the Mayor and a representative from each of the City’s four Commissions. 
  • The Committee will consider all nominees who meet or exceed the nomination criteria and will then select the 2020 Citizen of the Year. 
  • In early October, notification letters will be sent to all nominators and the recipient will be notified.
  • The individual selected as this year’s recipient will be honored at the Mayor’s State of the City Address held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at the Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace.

additional information

For additional information, please contact Geoff Spencer at 714-961-7113 or send him an email.


Past Citizen of the Year Recipients

Year Recipient
2020 Cindy De Mint
2019 Cindy Scott
2018 Bridget Blehm
2017 Kathy Rhodes-Hornsby
2016 Betty Gillaspy
2015 Dale Madsen
2014 Lynne Yauger
2013 DeeDee Friedrich
2012 Dorothy Equitz
2011 Michael Shanahan
2010 Jan Duwe
2009 Viola Majors
2008 Dorothy Wallingsford
2007 Julie Astle
2006 Vince Campion
2005 Norma Keating
2004 Paul Armstrong