Since August of 1982 Merrill Gracey has resided in the City of Barstow just after completing his CHP academy training. He has been a registered voter since 1972 having voted in every primary and general election since that year.

His entire life and career can be summarized as one of continuous service to his country, state and community. He has been bound by oaths of loyalty, duty and service for most of his adult life due to his military and law enforcement service.

Since his retirement, he has been very active with the Barstow Boron Masonic Lodge and the Barstow Shrine Club. His association with the Masonic Fraternity has been a focal point of his life and truly a great experience. After a few years of retirement, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Barstow Cemetery District by Former County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. 

Merrill was appointed to the City Council on January 22, 2013, and was elected to a 4 year term to the Council in November 2014. His knowledge and experience has been applied as a Councilman where he works passionately to fulfill the City’s mission to provide quality public services, promote economic development, expand housing, education and recreation, while celebrating our diverse cultural history to create pride in our community.

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Mr. Gracey currently serves on the following City Council committees:


Rules & Policy Committee

Military Affairs


JPA/Solid Waste

Mojave Desert Air Quality

Victor Valley Transit Authority Merger Committee