Assemblymembers Rudy Salas and Susan Talamantes Eggman name Cherylee Wegman as Woman of the Year

An employee of Kern Valley State Prison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was honored recently by California legislators for her long-standing service throughout Kern County. Cherylee Wegman, Community Resource Manager was named 2018 Woman of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District by Assemblymembers Rudy Salas and Susan Talamantes Eggman in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

The positive impact that Cherylee has had in our communities is nothing short of amazing. She has influenced the lives of so many with her dedication, tireless work ethic and selfless spirit. Her leadership and compassion continue to inspire and make a meaningful difference in our communities. I am proud to recognize Cherylee for her enduring commitment to Kern County.” Said Assemblymember Rudy Salas.

Cheryleewas the first women elected to Wasco City Council in 1998, and then in 2001 she was the first Women to serve as Mayor. Wegman has nearly 15 years of service to the California Department of Corrections where she facilitates improving her local community. She is a hard-working and dedicated public servant. She earned her Vocational Education Teaching Credential through the University of California Los Angeles extension program, and has used her academic and professional experiences throughout her career.

In July of 2017, California Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Ms. Wegman to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley; a public-private partnership that is focused on improving economic vitality and the quality of life for nearly 4 million residents in the San Joaquin Valley.

The annual Women of the Year event has been a Capitol tradition since 1987 to highlight the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state during Women’s History Month.

For information about the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please contact Albert Rivas in the Office of External Affairs at (916) 445-4950 or