Peggy Lemons, Mayor
Peggy Lemons has been a member of the Paramount City Council since 1997. She is currently serving her sixth term as the City’s Mayor.
She previously sat on the Public Safety Commission, and was named Public Safety Person of the Year by the California State Legislature. In addition, she has received the Soroptomists’ Woman of Distinction Award as well as the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club.
She was instrumental in launching the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), a collaboration between the City, the Paramount Unified School District, and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce that stresses the connection between continuing education and future economic success.
Lemons is the City’s representative for the County Sanitation Districts of L.A. County Districts 1 & 2, the L.A. County City Selection Committee, and the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority Board.
Brenda Olmos, Vice Mayor
Born and raised in Paramount, Brenda Olmos was appointed to the City Council in July 2019 to fill an unscheduled vacancy and was subsequently elected to serve on the City Council in March 2020. She is currently serving her first term as the City’s Vice Mayor.
She served on the City’s Public Safety Commission for 14 years and has been involved in the community in a variety of ways: boardmember for Paramount Girls Softball and Paramount Junior Pirates Football; Past President of Paramount Pathways Hospice; member of the Paramount Rotary Club; President of the Paramount Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Paramount Heritage Parade Committee; founder of the “Healthy Paramount” initiative; and member of the American Red Cross Community Advisory Committee – Long Beach Chapter.
As a result of her longtime community service, Olmos was given the Elk’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2018.
Olmos is on the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee and serves as the City’s representative for the California Contract Cities Association, the Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, and the League of California Cities.
Professionally, she is the Director of Network and Business Development for AppleCare Medical Management. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy at USC.
With husband David, a Paramount High School graduate, Olmos has raised two children in the City, both also Paramount High School graduates.
Isabel Aguayo, Councilmember
A lifelong Paramount resident whose extended family has lived in the City for more than four decades, Isabel Aguayo was elected to the Paramount City Council in March 2020.
A Paramount High School graduate, Aguayo is a member of the Paramount Heritage Parade Committee and the Paramount/Tepic Sister Cities organization. She is Director of Outreach in California for the non-profit Share Hope USA, which has helped more than 9,000 homeless individuals in L.A. and Orange counties and collected more than 40,000 Play-Doh containers for Children's Hospital L.A. Her family owns and operates a ceramics business in the City.
She serves as the City’s representative for the Southern California Association of Governments General Assembly, the Sister City Committee, and the Southeast Water Coalition.
With her husband, Juan Martinez, she has four children, all attending Paramount schools.
Laurie Guillen, Councilmember
Laurie Guillen was elected to the Paramount City Council in 2017. She is a lifelong resident of the City, attended school in the Paramount Unified School District, graduated from Paramount High in 1983, and went on to study at Cerritos College and California State University, Fullerton. She has raised three children in her hometown – a doctor, a lawyer, and a deputy Sheriff.
Laurie joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1987 and worked various assignments within the Department – patrol, narcotics, investigations, and administration. She has been a union delegate and a member of the PAC and Legal committees of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. She has also been a law instructor for the Department. She retired in November of 2017. In 2019, she was voted in as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Museum, which chronicles the role that the LAPD has played in the development of the City of Los Angeles and its numerous contributions beginning on March 10, 1869, as well as the many adversities experienced on the road to becoming the most professional police department in the world.
In addition, Laurie has specific training and experience in conflict resolution, police litigation, and 3300 of the State of California Government Code.
She is the City’s representative for Eco-Rapid Transit and the Gateway Cities/COG SR-91/I-605/I-405 Corridor Cities Committee.
Laurie volunteers for Veterans Affairs at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, is a philanthropist for Parkinson’s disease, and a team coach for individuals with Parkinson’s. She is currently a member of the Paramount Women’s Club.
In her spare time, she enjoys travel, creating art, art appreciation, hiking, and camping. Laurie is also an environmental activist.
Vilma Cuellar Stallings, Councilmember
Vilma Cuellar Stallings grew up in Paramount and graduated from Paramount High School. She has served a combined seven years on the City’s Public Safety and Parks & Recreation commissions, and was elected to the Paramount City Council in March 2020.
Cuellar Stallings is retired from a 30-year career as a Librarian with the Paramount Unified School District. She is a member of the Paramount/Tepic Sister Cities organization and the Paramount Heritage Parade Committee.
She is on the City Council/Paramount School District Ad Hoc Committee and serves as the City’s representative for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and the Clean Power Alliance.
With her husband, she has two daughters and five grandchildren. In her spare time, Cuellar Stallings enjoys gardening, working out, and reading.