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Longtime Community Leader In Conejo Valley Retiring After Nearly 50 Years Of Service

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2012 9:48am

A man who’s served the Conejo Valley for nearly half a century as everything from a law enforcement officer, to a Thousand Oaks City Councilman has announced his retirement.

In a letter to the City, Councilman Dennis Gillette says he’ll step down from his council post March 1st, after more than 13 years on the job, due to personal health issues.  Gillette was with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years, eventually serving as the County’s Assistant Sheriff.  He served on the Conejo Recreation and Park District Board for a decade, before being elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council for the first time in 1998.  Gillette served three terms at the city’s mayor.

His accomplishments include helping to expand the Conejo Valley’s parks, and recreational facilities, working to widen freeways, and interchanges in the area, and pushing successful efforts to build a new Children’s Library in the community.

The City Council will look at its options for filling the remaining two and a half years of Gillette’s term at its February 21st meeting.

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