Supervisor Marion Ashley
Marion Ashley, a native of Riverside County and member of a pioneer Perris Valley family, has long shown his deep commitment to the people of Riverside County. Along with his family, including Mary, his wife of more than 60 years, his six children, 19 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. Ashley has worked for decades to improve the lives of his fellow citizens.
He attended local schools: Perris Union High School, Riverside City College and San Diego State University with a major in Business Management.
After years in the private sector, including his work as a CPA with a national accounting firm, corporate executive, banker and the founding of a real estate investment firm, Ashley decided to become more directly involved in the public sector when he served from 1973-1981 as a Riverside County Planning Commissioner and was elected to a seat on the Board of the Eastern Municipal Water District in 1992-2002.
Since his election to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2002, Ashley has become a respected leader on regional issues. As a County Supervisor he oversees a budget of $5.3 billion and sets public policy for nearly 2.4 million people.
From his Chairmanship of the Southern California Water Committee, Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority and current presidency of the Inland Empire Health Plan with more than 1.2 million members, to his leadership on the Riverside County Integrated Project (RCIP), and the Perris Valley Metrolink Line, to his experience in water issues, Ashley has shown his expertise in five of the most crucial issues facing California’s future – jobs, transportation, water, health care and forward planning. Vice-Chairman for March Joint Powers Authority and Coachella Valley Associations of Governments (CVAG).
Ashley has been on the forefront of expansion of the conservation and green energy projects, which include the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, which is a Comprehensive Habitat Conservation Plan focusing on the Conservation of species and their associated Habitats in Western Riverside County, with the overall goal of maintaining biological and ecological diversity within a rapidly urbanizing region; Solar Power Project; Chair of Riverside Conservation Authority; Salton Sea Authority; Coachella Valley Multi Species Conservation Plan and Alluvial Fan Task Force. Ashley has also been a strong advocate for windmill energy in the San Gorgonio Pass and Western Coachella Valley. He was co-manager, along with Supervisor John Tavaglione, on behalf of the Riverside Board of Supervisors for the Riverside County Integrated Project, which included the West County and Coachella Valley Multi Species Conservation Plans, which put about 50% of those areas (more than 1.2 million acres) in permanent open space.
Ashley’s commitment is to the health and safety of the people of Riverside County. He has provided funding for more jail beds, new sheriff deputies, firefighters, district attorneys and probation officers serving his 15th year as a County Supervisor.
Ashley’s abilities have not gone unrecognized by his peers. He is the only Supervisor who has served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, the Western Riverside Council of Governments and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. He has also served as County representative to the Southern California Association of Governments, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and South Coast Air Quality Management District. Ashley is past Chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Riverside County Transportation Commission, March Joint Powers Commission, Riverside Transit Agency, and the Western Riverside County Habitat Conservation Authority.
Ashley is responsible for building a Community Center and Park in Menifee and Cabazon; Big League Dreams and Perris-Menifee Aquatic Center in Perris-Menifee area; libraries in Cabazon and Highgrove; childcare centers in Menifee and Cabazon: fire stations in Nuevo and Cabazon; Skateboard Park in Cabazon; beautification projects in Highgrove and Romoland; Mystic Field in Lakeview; a new Sheriff’s Station in Perris; Transportation Projects like Moreno Valley Interchange; I-215 widening; New County Fire Department Headquarters; Newport Road Interchange; Interchange Improvements at Van Buren, Ramona Expressway, Nuevo Road, Indian, Palm Ave-Gene Autry Trail, Date Palm, Highway 60 HOV lanes Moreno Valley, Cactus Ave. Moreno Valley, Gilman Springs Road and Ramona Expressway passing lanes and safety improvements, Highway 60 through Badlands safety improvements and the Perris Valley Line.
His work for the public does not stop at the doors of the County building; this includes two county courthouses in Banning and one coming to Menifee. Ashley’s family founded and donated most of the land (about 500 acres) of the Motte Rimrock Reserve in Perris, California; a part of the University of California Wildlife Preserve. He and his family have donated hundreds of acres of land in the hills west of Perris to help create a permanent nature safeguard and countless charities can count on Marion to help. “Mary and I want our children and our grandchildren to have the same wonderful quality of life we knew growing up here in Riverside County,” Ashley said. “We can do no less.”