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Council Member Bruce Whitaker

Council Member Bruce Whitaker
Council Member, Bruce Whitaker

Bruce Whitaker was elected to a two-year term on the Fullerton City Council in November 2010. He was selected as Mayor Pro Tem in July 2012, and in the General Election of November 2012 was reelected to a four-year term. Following that election, he was unanimously chosen by his fellow Council Members to serve as Mayor for 2013.

Council Member Whitaker serves as Director, District 10 on the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board. He also represents the City Council on the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency and the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County/Municipal Water District of Orange County. During 2012, he served as the city’s representative to the Orange County Vector Control Board of Trustees. Council Member Whitaker was also appointed in 2012 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors as a Board Member of the County of Orange Oversight Board where he currently serves as one of seven directors.

Prior to joining the Council, Council Member Whitaker had been appointed to the Fullerton Planning Commission, where he served three years from November 2007 to November 2010.

For more than two decades, he has been active in the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce legislative and local government committees as a private citizen, business executive and more recently representing elected offices. He has been active locally as a volunteer and supporter of Habitat for Humanity. 

Council Member Whitaker was appointed to the position of District Director to California State Assemblyman Chris Norby in March 2010, where he served for three years. He had been Senior Policy Advisor to then Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby during Norby’s seven years in that office. His assignments at the County of Orange included the Sheriff-Coroner Department; the District Attorney’s Office; Public Defender Office; Probation Department; the Superior Court System; Orange County Fire Authority; Homeland Security; Emergency Services; the Southern California Association of Governments; and all legislative matters while serving as the primary Field Representative for the office.

In 2004, Council Member Whitaker was honored to receive the "Donald Award" as Orange County’s Legislative Staffer of the Year.

Prior to employment in public service, Council Member Whitaker had worked as a retail manager, Controller/Chief Financial Manager, and as Administrator for a local Medical Center. For several years he was active as a member of TEC (The Executive Committee), a nationwide association of business executives. He is the former Statewide Coordinator for MORR (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform).

The Orange County Bankruptcy erupted in December of 1994, as Chief Spokesman for the Committees of Correspondence of Orange County, Mr. Whitaker debated Sheriff Brad Gates, County CEO William Popejoy, Chapman University President James Doti and others numerous times and authored many guest editorials which helped to defeat Measure R, the bankruptcy sales tax. The defeat of the tax has resulted in more than $2.2 billion in taxpayer savings since 1995.

In efforts to help the County of Orange emerge from bankruptcy, Council Member Whitaker was appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to serve on three official committees: Orange County Management Audit Oversight Committee; Salary and Benefits Review Committee; and the Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Privatization. 

Council Member Whitaker founded the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers in 1996. He was president for eight years. 

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