Harvey L. Hall


Harvey L. Hall is a life-long Californian, having grown up in Bakersfield and graduating from Bakersfield High School. He attended Bakersfield Community College and San Francisco City College. In 1960, he took a dare from a friend and rode along on an ambulance for a shift. Soon after that first ride he went to work as an ambulance attendant. In February of 1971, he borrowed $10,000 to purchase an ambulance and the tradition of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. was born.

Mr. Hall knew that the key to success was quality customer service. He worked hard to build a solid reputation within the Kern County medical community. He wanted everyone to know that when you called Hall Ambulance you were going to get quality service.

Hall Ambulance is currently the largest and premier emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider in Kern County. In addition, Hall Ambulance is the third-largest privately-owned emergency and non-emergency medical transportation in California. Hall Ambulance is a member of both the California Ambulance Association and the American Ambulance Association.

Harvey Hall turned his attention to running for Mayor of Bakersfield in 1999. Running under the slogan “Unity in the Community” he handily defeated a field of nine other candidates in the March 2000 election. During his swearing-in ceremony on January 2, 2001, Mayor Hall made clear his goal with the statement: “Our city is one of greatness and it will be my goal everyday to make every day better than the day before and to try and make this city the best city in America.”

He was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. On January 7, 2013, Mayor Hall was sworn-in to serve his fourth term in office, making him the longest serving mayor in Bakersfield’s history.

After 16-years, Hall concluded his public service as Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor on January 3, 2017.  His dedication and commitment to the people of Bakersfield was significant, having presented 1,836 Proclamations, 10,750 Certificates of Appreciation, 958 Ribbon Cuttings, 91 Ground Breakings, 166 Celebrity Readings, 469 Welcomes, 452 Foreign Visitors, 116 Freeway Cleanups, 277 Press Conferences, and 290 Media Appearances.  Hall dedicated his entire salary as mayor to funding the Mayor Harvey L. Hall Scholarship Fund, awarding 297 scholarships worth $253,000 in financial aid to local college students.

On May 19, 2017, California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell awarded Mr. Hall an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, conferred in the names of the California State University and California State University, Bakersfield.  The honor was given in recognition of Dr. Hall’s  lifetime of selfless service, leadership, philanthropy, and his distinguished achievements which embody the values of the California State University and CSU Bakersfield.

Community Service

Current Service:
Board member of the following organizations:

Police Activities League, Honorary Board Member: 2000 – present
Kern County Homeless Collaborative, Steering Committee: 2008 – present

Past Service:
Mayor, City of Bakersfield, 2001 – 2017
Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield: 1990 – 2004 (President: 1997-1999)
Kern Community College District, Elected Trustee: 1996 – 2000
Bakersfield College Foundation, Board Member: 1994 – 2000
Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield, President: 1997 – 1999
Downtown Business Association, Board Member: 1992 – 2000
Police Activities League, Board Member: 1998 – 2000
Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation, President and Board Member: 1990 – 2000
15th District Agricultural Association (Kern County Fair Board), Director
(appointed by Governor Wilson): 1998 – 2001
MARE Advisory Board: 1997 – 2002
Kern County Network for Children, Trustee: 1995-2002

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