Chris Ellis for City Council webpage:

I am Christopher Ellis. I moved to Ridgecrest in 1988 after serving in the Navy’s nuclear power program to work at the Coso Geothermal facility, where I have worked for the past 34 years. I am running for City Council because I am interested in improving the quality of life for the residents and visitors of the Indian Wells Valley.

I bring significant experience in revenue generation, engineering, construction, budgeting, and cost controls that I believe would be beneficial to the city. If elected, I will work with the City Manager and Council members to find new ways to generate revenues and deploy those funds back into the community to enhance the services available to our citizens.
I have served (or currently serve) on the boards of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, IWV Economic Development Corporation, Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, and participate in numerous other organizations.

I believe Ridgecrest is an amazing place to live and raise a family. I also believe it has tremendous potential for improvement. I am committed to making things better. If elected, I will listen to your concerns, and look to find viable solutions to your issues.


Chris Ellis is running for city council. Chris is one person who can be trusted, who has energy and ideas, and who is a leader. Chris has worked at the Coso Geothermal Power Plant, on China Lake’s north range since 1988. He has led Coso Operating Company since 2002. Chris is highly engaged and respected in our community and, consequently, is on numerous local companies’ boards of directors. He gives, professionally and personally, to many local fundraising efforts. He is always supporting our kids and local sports. Chris builds strong and lasting relationships with governmental and industrial leaders across Kern County.

Scott O’Neal, Letter to the Editor at The News Review

Ridgecrest, I rise in enthusiastic support of Chris Ellis for Ridgecrest City Council.  I have known Chris both personally and professionally for 30+ years.  We have worked together in the energy industry and we have served together on local business and community boards.  Chris is a professional of highest integrity and character and I have seen his commitment to our community first hand.  Chris’ portfolio of expertise transcends far beyond matters of business and engineering, he is an expert in Electrical Power Production, distribution and Water resource development and conservation.  Yes, Water resource development and conservation…

Stewart Witt, via The News Review Letters to the Editor

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