Bruce Whitaker was elected to a two-year term on the Fullerton City Council in November 2010, and in August 2012 was appointed by the City Council to represent Division 10 on the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors. In July 2012, Director Whitaker was elected by his peers on the city council to serve as Mayor Pro Tem, and most recently to serve as Mayor in 2013. Prior to being elected to City Council he had been appointed to the City’s Planning Commission, where he served three years from November 2007 to November 2010. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Whitaker grew up in Michigan and Indiana and later moved to Southern California. He and his wife Linda, a Fullerton native, have resided together in Fullerton since 1988.
Professionally, Director Whitaker was appointed to the position of District Director for California State Assemblyman Chris Norby in March 2010. Prior to Norby’s election to the State Assembly, Director Whitaker served as Senior Policy Advisor to then Orange County Supervisor Norby during his seven years in that office. His assignments at the County of Orange included the Sheriff-Coroner Department, the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices, Probation Department, Superior Court System, Orange County Fire Authority, Homeland Security, Emergency Services, Southern California Association of Governments, and all legislative matters while also serving as the primary Field Representative for the office. In 2004, Whitaker was honored to receive the 'Donald Award' as Orange County’s Legislative Staffer of the Year.
As Chief Spokesman for the Committees of Correspondence of Orange County in 1994 when the Orange County bankruptcy erupted, Whitaker 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. Whitaker was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on three committees: Orange County Management Audit Oversight Committee; Salary and Benefits Review Committee; and the Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Privatization.
In 1996, Mr. Whitaker founded the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers (FACT) for which he served as president for eight years. FACT brought suit against Governor Gray Davis’s administration for an unconstitutional $12.7 billion bond offering. FACT also challenged Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration and the Legislature when it attempted to pass a $2 billion pension obligation bond without voter approval. FACT and the Pacific Legal Foundation brought suit and won in both Sacramento Superior Court and the State Court of Appeals. These efforts have prevented any further actions by the state to borrow without voter approval.
Prior to his employment in public service, Director Whitaker worked as a retail manager, financial controller, chief financial manager and medical center administrator. For several years he was active as a member of The Executive Committee, a nationwide association of business executives.
Director Whitaker currently serves as an appointed member of the County of Orange Oversight Board (dissolution of redevelopment). He is also Fullerton’s appointed Trustee to the Orange County Vector Control Board and the city’s representative to the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency.