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 and a member of the North Orange County Cities Joint Powers Authority (NOCCJPA). Mayor Vargas 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).
Mayor Vargas is an active member of the Navy Select Reserve Force, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant, Civil Engineering Corps and has been selected to serve as Lieutenant Commander, a superior rank, in 2021. Lieutenant Commander Vargas is the Executive Officer for Beachmaster Unit One, North Island. He is in his 23rd year of naval service, which includes an initial six-year active duty enlistment as a submarine diver (USS Shark, SSN-591). After a 17-year break in service, he rejoined the Navy as a Construction Battalion, Seabee. He has been activated five times since 9/11, including a one-year deployment to Iraq, Al-Asad and Falluja, during the 2008-09 surge.
As an engaged volunteer, Mayor Vargas 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, Mayor Vargas is a general contractor by trade and recently retired from Chevron, where he served as the Contractor Safety Specialist at the El Segundo Refinery. Mr. Vargas has been in Brea since 1989 where he met his neighbor, best friend and fellow New Yorker, Lisa Malin. Since then, they have been married for 26 years and have five daughters and seven grandchildren.