Mayor Bruce Whitaker was initially elected to a two-year term on the Fullerton City Council in November 2010. He served in 2012 as Mayor Pro Tem. In November 2012 he was reelected to a full four-year term and was unanimously chosen by the Council to serve as Mayor for 2013. In November 2016 Whitaker again won reelection and was unanimously selected as Mayor for 2017. In 2020, with the change from "at-large" elections to election by district, Whitaker, a 32-year resident of southwest Fullerton, was elected to represent the 4th District and once again, unanimously selected to serve as Mayor for 2021. He had previously been appointed to the Fullerton Planning Commission, serving 3 years.
Mayor Whitaker represents the city (and County) as Director, Orange County Water District (OCWD); Commissioner, Santa Ana River Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA); Representative, Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency; as Convener of the One Water One Watershed (OWOW) Steering Committee, and previously as Board Member, Orange County Vector Control District. Additionally, he served for seven years as Board Member of the Orange County Oversight Board having been appointed in 2012 by the O.C. Board of Supervisors.
Mayor Whitaker worked in State government as District Director of the California State Assembly office, representing the cities of north Orange County. He also served in County government as Policy Advisor at the County of Orange Board of Supervisors from 2003 to 2010. While at the County of Orange, in 2004, Bruce Whitaker was honored to receive the “Donald” award as Orange County Legislative Staffer of the Year. For more than eleven years Whitaker served as Statewide Coordinator of M.O.R.R. (Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform). Prior to employment in public service, for more than twenty years, Whitaker had held executive positions as Controller, Chief Financial Manager of a local retail firm and as Administrator of a Medical Center.
In 1995-96, during the aftermath of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history (at that time), Whitaker represented taxpayer/residents/business interests at the County of Orange. He was appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to: The Orange County Management Audit Oversight Committee; the Orange County Salary and Benefits Review Committee; and the Ad Hoc Steering Committee on Privatization. As Chief Spokesman for the Committees of Correspondence he led the successful campaign to defeat Measure R, the “Bankruptcy Sales Tax.” Whitaker founded the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers (F.A.C.T.) in 1996, served eight years as its President.
He and his wife Linda, a lifelong Fullerton resident, have been volunteers and supporters of Habitat for Humanity; Fullerton Cares (autism); Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC); Crime Survivors, Inc. Resource Center and One Legacy/Donate Life (organ donation) among others.
To make an appointment, contact the City Council Office at Fullerton City Hall at (714) 738-6311. Mayor Bruce Whitaker can be reached directly at (714) 981-8474 and at firstname.lastname@example.org