Great interview with Mayor Litman of Mesquite, Nevada. We want to highlight local officials from differing backgrounds and views to show the importance of serving in local government.
Mayor Allan Litman hails originally from Duluth, Minnesota and moved to Los Angeles following graduation from the University of Minnesota. He majored in history and political science. Councilman Litman entered the Army in 1965 and served in Vietnam from 1966-1967 where he was decorated with a Bronze Star for valor and an Air Medal for flying in numerous combat flights with the First Calvary (Airmobile).
Following his military service, Mayor Litman taught public school in Los Angeles for several years before teaching in Simi Valley, California for 15 years. In addition to teaching public school, Mayor Litman was an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, teaching in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. While teaching at Pepperdine, Mayor Litman completed his Master’s in Administration and his Doctoral work in Institutional Management.
In 1984, Mayor Litman left education and founded an automobile service company until retiring and moving to Maui, Hawaii in 1994.
After a brief retirement, Mayor Litman opened a small practice in Child and Family Psychotherapy and provided Autism consulting for the State of Hawaii until again retiring in 2004 to Mesquite.
Since relocating to Mesquite, Mayor Litman has become very active in Veterans affairs, directing the annual Veterans Day Parade, Memorial Day Services, bringing the Vietnam Wall That Heals to Mesquite in 2010, helped found the Mesquite Veterans Center, serves on both the boards of the center and the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans, has assisted the Exchange Club on veteran issues and was the president of Dollars for Scholars.
In 2011, then Councilman Litman was elected to a two-year City Council term. In 2013, Councilman Litman was re-elected. On May 13, 2014, Councilman Litman was appointed mayor.
Since 2006, Mayor Litman has taught spinning classes at the city recreation center.
Mayor Litman has been married to Phyllis for 49 years.