Council Member Bruce Whitaker was elected to a two-year term on the Fullerton City Council in November 2010, he later served as Mayor Pro-Tem in 2012. In November 2012, he was reelected to a full four- year term, and was unanimously chosen to serve as Mayor for 2013.
Representing Fullerton, Council Member Whitaker served as Director, District 10 on the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board; the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency; and the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County. He previously served as the city’s representative on the Orange County Vector Control Board of Trustees.
Council Member Whitaker was appointed in 2012 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to the County of Orange Oversight Board where he currently serves as one of seven board members. Prior to being elected to the council, Bruce Whitaker served three years as a Fullerton Planning Commissioner.
For more than two decades, Council Member Whitaker 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 and his wife Linda are volunteers and supporters of Habitat for Humanity; Fullerton Cares (Autism); Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC); Crittenton Centers; and Donate Life, among others.
Council Member Whitaker worked in state government as District Director, of the California State Assembly office representing the cities of north Orange County. Previously he worked in County government as Policy Advisor during a seven year stint at the Orange County Board of Supervisors. While at the County of Orange, Bruce Whitaker was honored to receive the “Donald” award as Orange County Legislative Staffer of the Year. For eleven years, he served as Statewide Coordinator of MORR (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform).
Prior to his employment in public service, for more than twenty years, Council Member Whitaker held executive positions as Controller/Chief Financial Manager of a local retail firm and Administrator of a local Medical Center. In efforts to help the County of Orange emerge from bankruptcy in 1994-96, Council Member Whitaker was appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and served on three official committees: the Orange County Management Audit Oversight Committee; the Salary and Benefits Review Committee; and the Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Privatization.
Council Member Whitaker founded the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers (FACT) in 1996 and served the first eight years as its President.