Mayor Pro Tem Steven Vargas was elected to the Brea City Council in November 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He previously served from 1998-2002. Mayor Pro Tem Vargas 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 Pro Tem Vargas is a member of the League of California Cities Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee, member of the Fullerton/Brea Joint Powers Authority and Alternate to the Orange County Sanitation District Board.
Mayor Pro Tem Vargas is an active member of the Navy Select Reserve force currently holding the rank of Lieutenant, Civil Engineering Corps. Lieutenant 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 three 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 Pro Tem Vargas has held leadership positions in numerous non-profits over the years including; past President, Placentia Boys & Girls Club, previous District Executive for Cub Scout Pack 820, Past Commander, Brea VFW Post 5384 and Brea American Legion Post 181, and most recently, American Legion District 29 Adjutant.
Professionally, Mayor Pro Tem Vargas is a general contractor by trade currently working as a Contractor Safety Specialist at the El Segundo Refinery. Steve has been in Brea since 1989 where he met his neighbor, best friend and fellow New Yorker Lisa Malin. Now married for 25 years, they have 5 daughters and 7 grandchildren and one big dog named Jackson, a yellow lab.