Westchester resident William West, 58, has been appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the State Rehabilitation Council.

The council has seven members and West was appointed to a three-year term.

The Rehabilitation Council oversees the California Department of Rehabilitation, which helps disabled and marginalized Californians find meaningful and fulfilling jobs that benefit themselves, the community and the state.

In 2004, West founded the commercial real estate development company W. West Ventures and has served as its president since its inception.

Prior to that, West was vice president and general manager for the commercial development company H.B. Drollinger from 1989 to 2004 and a Harvey Capital associate from 1985 to 1989.

West began his career as a peace officer with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1971 and retired as sergeant in 1985.

His appointment to the Rehabilitation Council does not require State Senate confirmation and there is no salary.

West identifies himself as a Republican.

“I never questioned my decision to accept the council position,” West said. “It is a blessing and a privilege to play a role in ensuring that the California Dream is and remains a reality for all Californians.”