Mayor Patrick J. Morris' Biography
Mayor Patrick J. Morris was elected Mayor of the City of San Bernardino in February 2006. He campaigned on a platform of aggressive crime fighting, economic revitalization, and ethical governance. In the 26 months since his election, Morris has worked tirelessly to deliver on his campaign promises by:
Sponsoring Measure Z, which was passed by almost 70% of our citizens, increasing sales tax by one quarter of one percent to hire 40 additional police officers and increase youth programs offered in the city;
Working with the county, schools, state, and private sector to create one of the most comprehensive anti-crime collaborations in existence, called Operation Phoenix;
In addition to these efforts, Mayor Morris serves as President of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and Co-Chairman of the Inland Valley Development Agency. In these roles he helps to guide the development of the international airport located on the former Norton Air Force Base and the redevelopment of the area surrounding the airport.
He also serves on the board of the San Bernardino Associated Governments, where he serves on the Major Projects and Commuter Rail Committees. He is on the Board of Directors for Omnitrans, where he is the Chairman of the Planning and Productivity Committee. Mayor Morris also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, which operates Metrolink.
Mayor Morris has taken an active role in the revitalization of the historical Sturges Center for the Performing Arts, the renaissance of the Santa Fe Depot and the development of the Santa Ana River Master Trail.
Before becoming Mayor, Morris was appointed to the Superior Court Bench in 1976. His colleagues elected him to an unprecedented three terms as Superior Court Presiding Judge from 1981 to 1984. He served as Chief Justice of the Judicial Council from 1991-1993. During Mayor Morris' tenure on the bench he was named Inland Southern California's Trial Judge of the Year in 1981 and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges awarded him the highest award for Meritorious Service to the Juvenile Courts of America in 1991.
From 1990 to 1996, Mayor Morris served as Supervising Criminal Law Judge and, in 1994, established one of California's first drug treatment court programs. He has advocated statewide, nation-wide and internationally for treatment alternatives for non-violent addicts appearing in the Criminal Justice System. In 1996, Mayor Morris was appointed by California Chief Justice, Ron George, to chair the Judicial Council Task Force on Drug Courts in California, and in 1998, was elected Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Drug Court professionals. In 1999 Mayor Morris established one of the nation's first Mental Health Courts to treat the seriously mentally ill caught up in the Criminal Justice System.
In 1994, the Judicial Council of California inaugurated a Distinguished Service Award to annually honor a member of the California judiciary for his or her leadership and significant contribution to the administration of justice. In April, 1994, in Los Angeles, Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, on behalf of the Judicial Council of California, honored Mayor Morris by presenting him the first Trial Jurist of the Year Award.
Mayor Morris previously served as President of the San Bernardino Board of Education. He has been a member of the University of Redlands Board of Trustees since 1971 and he is the founder of the San Bernardino County Children's Network.
Mayor Patrick J. Morris grew up in Needles, California. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Stanford University School of Law.
He lives with his wife Sally in San Bernardino where their children and grandchildren also reside.