Former Santa Clarita Mayor George Pederson, who guided Santa Clarita through the recovery from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, died Saturday. He was 90.
Pederson was commander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic from 1980-1984 and served one term on the Santa Clarita City council (1992-1996).
“People talk about it all the time, how well this city was run during a catastrophic event,” said Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar, who was also a longtime friend of Pederson’s. George played a very important role in that. … He did a remarkable job as a council member and a mayor, but his participation in the community went way beyond that.”
Pederson was named Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year in 1997 for his various contributions to the Santa Clarita Valley’s development.
Kellar also credited Pederson with participation in numerous community organizations, such as the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and the Chamber of Commerce.
Pederson was born Dec. 4, 1924.
He was also a World War II veteran who served in the Navy.