Mayor



On January 11, 2011, James T. Butts, Jr., was elected as Inglewood’s 12th mayor.  In less than four years, his strategic vision and operational expertise prevented impending bankruptcy due to massive deficits and untamed liabilities.  He negotiated a deal with Madison Square Garden that renovated the Forum making it the #1 concert venue in the Los Angeles area for 2014 less than one year after it reopened.  Since Mayor Butts took office, he was able to ensure that Inglewood received over $100 million in sound insulation grant funding from the Los Angeles World Airport despite the City losing its eligibility in 2007 through 2011.  Over 2,000 Inglewood homes have been sound insulated in the last 24 months since the Mayor resurrected the failed program. Inglewood’s Residential Sound Insulation Program is now the #1 program in the country.

Inglewood has been named the Best Neighborhood in Los Angeles for 2014 by Curbed LA, a national real estate Internet site.  A $2 billion project, Hollywood Park Tomorrow, broke ground in 2014, and the investors have partnered with the owner of an NFL franchise to add an 80,000-seat stadium and 6,000-seat performing arts venue to the project. The former Daniel Freeman Hospital site is under construction and will become a gated, high-end townhome and condominium development.  A final selection of a development group for a $100 million-plus redevelopment of Market Street will be completed by April of 2015.  In short, Mayor Butts has Inglewood on the cusp of becoming a city of national prominence…a true top-tier metropolis.   On November 4, 2014, James T. Butts was reelected Mayor of Inglewood with over 83% of the votes cast—the highest margin of victory in Inglewood electoral history.

The Mayor has more than 42 years of public safety and municipal government experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University in Pomona. Mayor Butts has held the rank of general manager or assistant general manager of large and complex municipal organizations for the past 28 years.  He served 19 years in the Inglewood Police Department rising to the rank of Deputy Chief, 15 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica, and 5 years as an assistant general manager for the Los Angeles World Airport system in charge of Public Safety and Counter-Terrorism.

Email: Mayor@CityofInglewood.org
Telephone: (310) 412-5300
Fax: (310) 330-5733