Chris Parlier moved to Bakersfield in 1985, to take a law enforcement job with the state after honorably serving his country in the US Air Force for four years. He subsequently met and married his wife Debbie, a native of Bakersfield. They have raised their two children, Ryan and Rachel, in Ward 7 of Bakersfield. Chris also honorably retired as a Special Agent within the California Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement-Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
Since then, Chris has started two private sector businesses, Global Protective Services (GPS), which has since been sold and C & D Amusement. Both public and community service have always been important to Chris. He continues to serve. In addition to the Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Committee, Chris is also the Chairperson of California Department of Public Health, Lyme Disease Advisory Committee. He has been active in supporting education and youth sporting activities too by serving as the current Vice-President and former President of the Ridgeview High School, Athletic Boosters Club. Chris has also served as a committee member on Site Councils for both Panama Elementary School and Stone Creek Junior High School, along with being a former representative for both schools to the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, District Advisory Council.
In November 2014, Chris was elected to the Bakersfield city council as a council member.
Candidate: Chris Parlier
His story: It’s no surprise Ward 7 candidate Chris Parlier considers public safety south Bakersfield’s biggest issue.
Parlier was a member of the military police during four years in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1980s.
He went on to become a correctional officer in Tehachapi; and later, a special agent with the California Department of Justice before retiring in the early 2000s.
At DOJ, he was assistant commander of a task force focused on methamphetamine labs and career criminals.
In 2008, he helped found Global Protective Services, a Valencia-based private security company where he is a consultant.
It provides security to clients in Los Angeles County and one in Kern, Bakersfield’s Golden West Casino.
He also owns CD Amusement Video, which places jukeboxes, game consoles and pool tables in bars and restaurants.
His neighbors praise this son of a World War II fighter pilot for his willingness to help, regardless of the hour or the danger.
About three months ago, Parlier’s 20-year-old son came home late and woke up his father to alert him to suspicious circumstances across the street.
They discovered the aftermath of a home invasion robbery that had gone awry when the perpetrators tried to escape by ramming the homeowner’s SUV through his closed garage door — then simply left, leaving its engine running.
The home’s elderly occupant was still inside, but unharmed.
“I could smell the carbon monoxide in the house,” said Parlier, who helped the octogenarian escape. “My main concern was if my boy hadn’t come home at that time and the carbon monoxide had gone that whole night, (he) probably would have expired. It would have filled that whole home until that tank of gas ran out.”
Another neighbor, Jeff Wiley, praised the Parlier family for helping his wife get to the hospital when she was mauled by the family dog while he was out of town.
“In fact, he saved my wife’s life. I owe him,” Wiley said, noting Debbie Parlier, Chris’ wife, rode with his wife in the ambulance. “He cares about his neighbors and his community and that’s why I think he’d make a good councilman.”
Parlier, who also has a daughter, 17, credits his P-51 Mustang-flying father with instilling a value system that made service seem natural.
“Public service has been my life, really. From the military to law enforcement, I’ve either served my country or my state or my community at one end or another,” he said. “This is just a furtherance of that service.”
Bakersfield resident Gregg McClung has known Parlier since 1994, when both men worked for the DOJ’s bureau of narcotics enforcement and McClung was his supervisor for about six years.
The two struck up a friendship they maintain today. If he’s elected, McClung said Parlier will be a fine councilman.
“Integrity, character, I could go on with all the buzzwords. What really impressed me with Chris is his dedication to the work he was doing at that time,” McClung said. “He takes everything that he does wholeheartedly and stays focused on what the job is at hand.”
His priorities: If elected, the man with endorsements from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Bakersfield police and fire department unions would support hiring more police officers and push for a bigger police presence in the south.
“I would love to see a permanent substation in this area. Maybe straddling Ward 7 and Ward 1 to respond to the south end,” Parlier said.
The Bakersfield Police Department has one active substation in the west, at 1301 Buena Vista Road in Ward 4.
The department has a second substation in Ward 1 at 106 E. White Lane, but this building has been unused for about four years because it was not cost-effective to keep open, said BPD Sgt. Joe Grubbs.
Parlier, who remembers being able to see the Grapevine from his house when he bought it new 22 years ago, would also scrutinize housing development if elected.
He said varying fence and wall styles have given parts of the area a “hodgepodge” appearance, and a lack of landscaping makes them vulnerable to graffiti.
“Unobstructed block walls are always an issue for graffiti. I think that should be one of the first areas of consideration,” he said.
Civic involvement: Parlier is an alternate member of the Keep Bakersfield Beautiful committee, chair of the California Department of Public Health’s Lyme Disease Advisory Committee, and vice president of the Ridgeview High Athletic Booster Club.
Public records: The Californian’s profiles of political candidates include results of public records searches for criminal, civil and financial filings.
Parlier has no civil or criminal convictions in Kern County, court records show.
Voting history: Parlier has voted in 23 of 24 elections he was eligible for since 1992 and is registered as a Republican, according to Kern County elections officials.
(This excludes the 1992 and 1994 primary elections because Kern County elections did not keep voter histories of primary elections then.)