Mayor Steven Vargas was elected to the Brea City Council in November 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He previously served from 1998-2002. He is currently a member of the League of California Cities Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee; the Orange County City Selection Committee; and a member of the North Orange County Cities Joint Powers Authority.
Mayor Vargas serves as a Member of the City’s Development Committee and is an alternate on the Orange County Sanitation District, as well as the Investment Advisory Committee. He previously served the County of Orange as a Third District Executive Assistant and at the federal level as an Outreach Coordinator for Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA). Lieutenant Commander Vargas is the Executive Officer for the United States Navy Beachmaster Unit One, North Island. He is also an active member of the Navy Select Reserve Force, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant, Civil Engineering Corps, and will be promoted to Lieutenant Commander in September 2021. He has been activated for military service five times since 9/11, including a one-year deployment to Iraq, Al-Asad and Falluja, during the 2008-09 surge.
Mayor Vargas loves to be involved in the community and serve others. As an engaged volunteer, he has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit organizations over the years including former President, Placentia Boys & Girls Club; previous District Executive for Cub Scout Pack 820; former Commander, Brea Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5384; American Legion District 29 Adjutant; and Current Commander, Brea American Legion Post 181.
Professionally, he is a general contractor by trade and recently retired from Chevron after 20 years of service. Mayor Vargas has lived in Brea since 1989 and shares a home with his wife, Lisa of 26 years, who he refers to as his “best friend”. They have five daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoy spending family time together.