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Council Member Art Bennett

Mayor Art Bennett


Ph: (909) 364-2620
Fax: (909) 364-2695

Art Bennett was elected to serve his third term on the Chino Hills City Council in November 2016.  He was first appointed to the Chino Hills City Council in November 2008.  He and Council Member Gwenn Norton-Perry were the only two qualified persons who filed as candidates for the two seats scheduled for election in November 2008.  With just two candidates vying for two seats, the City Council cancelled the election.  Art served as Mayor in 2012 and 2016.  He was re-elected in 2016.  He became active in 1993 when he worked to develop the City's first General Plan as a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee, which met regularly for more than one year.  In February of 1995 he was appointed to the Planning Commission.  He served for 14 years, including three terms as Chair and Vice Chair.

Current Term of Office
2016 - 2020

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City Council Committee Involvement
  • California Joint Powers Insurance Authority
  • Chino Hills/Chino City Council Joint Committee
  • Chino Hills/Chino Valley Unified School District Joint Committee   
  • City of Chino Hills Committees
    • Finance
    • Revenue ad hoc
    • Water ad hoc   
  • Chino Valley Unified School District
    • Council Liaison    
    • 7/11 Committee
    • HOPE Committee
    • Measure M Citizen Oversight Committee  
  • San Bernardino County Solid Waste Advisory Task Force    
  • Tres Hermanos Conservation Authority   

Community Involvement
Art was a member of the Ayala High School Band & Color Guard Boosters and Choir Boosters.  He also served four years as Chair of the Townsend Junior High School Site Improvement Council and was on the Board of the Band Boosters.  Art is a member of the Friends of the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library.  He is the former President of the Villa del Lago Homeowner's Association.  He also volunteered as an AYSO Soccer Coach and as a Cub Scout Cubmaster. 

Education and Professional Experience
Art has worked in the Property Tax profession as a consultant and Corporate Tax Manager since 1971.  He is the Vice President - National Property Tax Services, for Property Tax Assistance Co., Inc.  He has a degree in Business/Real Estate and has held memberships in several property tax and professional associations including:  
  • Former Director and Executive Committee Member of the Arizona Tax Research Association
  • Former Director and Executive Committee Member of the California Taxpayers Association
  • Former Chairman of the California Legislative Committee of the Western States
  • American Planners Association 
  • International Association of Assessing Officers

Art has been an instructor in the appraisal of real estate for property tax purposes and has testified as an expert witness in State and Federal District Courts.  He has also served as a Federal Grand Jury Foreman.  Art holds the professional designation, Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT).  From 2002 to 2005 he served on its Board of Governors.  In June 2004, he was presented with the IPT Distinguished Service Award for his service to the organization and tax profession.  During 2015, he served as President of IPT and its 4,700 members nationwide.     

Art and his wife of 48 years, Nickie, have lived in Chino Hills since 1991.  They live in the Village Oaks area and attend Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.  They have four adult children. Son Brendan is a touring bassist musician; and Michael is a freshman attending Hope International University.  They have six grandchildren, and one great grandson.  Art and his family enjoy the rural atmosphere of our beautiful City and are proud to call it their home.