Councilmember Michael Kemps is serving his first term on City Council following the March 5, 2019 General Election. He has lived in Palos Verdes Estates for most of his adult life. He grew up on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and graduated from local schools (Soleado Elementary, Malaga Cove Intermediate, and Rolling Hills High School). As a teenager, Councilmember Kemps implemented and supported Amateur Radio repeater systems on the Peninsula. He volunteered and supported disaster preparedness operations and communications for anticipated local and state-wide events.
After achieving numerous top-tier technology certifications, Councilmember Kemps founded Innovative Computing Systems, Inc. in 1989 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. The firm provides technology services primarily for the legal profession. Today, he cultivates relationships with clients and partners and provides oversight of company operations with his leadership team. Councilmember Kemps is involved in the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), and several non-profit organizations. His technology insights have been widely published. Councilmember Kemps served on the Advisory Board of Premier Bank of Palos Verdes and was a founding member of the Bank prior to its acquisition. Councilmember Kemps is also an instrument-rated private pilot.
Councilmember Kemps and his wife of 23 years, Gemma, have three children who grew up in Palos Verdes Estates. He believes that our City is an ecological jewel. His areas of focus are fiscal responsibility, transparency, and the preservation of our City’s unique character. Councilmember Kemps encourages resident engagement and collaboration as our City celebrates a period of rebirth.