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MAYOR LAWRENCE P. MOWLES
CITY OF LA MIRADA 

Mayor Lawrence P. Mowles was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 8, 2011. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years. 

Mayor Mowles served on the City’s Planning Commission from May 2009 to March 2011. He was a member of the City’s Public Safety Commission from May 2007 to May 2009. He was also a member of the City’s Community Services Commission from November 2000 to June 2007.

He is a founding member of the La Mirada Community Foundation where he served from August 1999 to May 2007. He served as the Foundation President from November 2000 to June 2007. While serving as a member of the Foundation, he was responsible for the operation of the “4 La Mirada Kids” Carnival, which raises funds for youth programs and community organizations.
 
Mayor  Mowles served as a member of the Citizen Task Force on City Finances and Operations from November 2009 to April 2010. He received the City of La Mirada’s “Volunteers in Action Award” in 2008. 

Mayor Mowles has been a resident of La Mirada for over 35 years. He and his wife, Paula, have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

To contact the Mayor, please call (562) 943-0131 or email lmowles@cityoflamirada.org.


Pauline DealMAYOR PRO TEM PAULINE DEAL
CITY OF LA MIRADA


Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Deal was appointed to the La Mirada City Council on July 5, 2011, and re-elected on March 5, 2013. Mayor Pro Tem Deal has been an active member of the La Mirada community. She was elected to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education four consecutive times, serving from 1995-2011. She twice served as President of the School Board in 1999 and 2006. She also served on the Southeast Regional Occupation Program (R.O.P) Board for four years.

Mayor Pro Tem Deal serves as the Assistant Controller for an area business. She has been active locally in youth sports leagues, where she served as the Treasurer/Board Member and Coach for the La Mirada Girls Softball Association for seven years. She has also been active with the Parent Teachers Association for the past 26 years, and has served in several capacities, most recently, as Auditor for the Norwalk-La Mirada Council of PTA’s, where she is also a Past President. In 1995, she received the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s Superintendent's Community Service Award.

Mayor Pro Tem Deal has been a resident of La Mirada since 1980. She and her husband Jeff have two children, Jered and Melissa.

Mayor Pro Tem Deal enjoys spending time with her family and participating in church activities.
 
To contact the Mayor Pro Tem, please call (562) 943-0131 or email pdeal@cityoflamirada.org.

City CouncilCOUNCILMEMBER STEVE DE RUSE
CITY OF LA MIRADA


Councilmember Steve De Ruse was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 8, 2011. He works as a senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Artesia after serving nearly 13 years as a senior pastor at a church in La Mirada. He has been a small business owner, track coach for John Glenn High School, television program host, radio guest commentator, and featured speaker at men’s ministry conferences. 

Councilmember De Ruse served on the City’s Community Services Commission from November 2006 to March 2011. He served as Chairman of that commission from August 2008 through August 2010. Councilmember De Ruse also served on the Citizen Task Force on City Finances and Operations from November 2009 to April 2010.

Councilmember De Ruse is a member of the La Mirada Clergy Council and served as President of that organization from 2001 to 2005. He is also a member of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, where he previously served as President.  Councilmember De Ruse is the Vice Chair of the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA) Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board for the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association.  

Councilmember De Ruse holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry Degree both from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He has been a resident of La Mirada since 1976. He and his wife,

Mary Ann, have been married for 41 years and have two daughters, Adrienne and Elaine. 

To contact the Councilmember, please call (562) 943-0131 or email sderuse@cityoflamirada.org.


Steve Jones

COUNCILMEMBER STEVE JONES  
CITY OF LA MIRADA

Councilmember Steve Jones was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 2, 1999 and re-elected on March 4, 2003, March 6, 2007, and March 8, 2011 and served as Mayor in 2002-03, 2007-08 and 2011-12. A former teacher at La Mirada High School, Councilmember Jones’ classes included U.S. History and Economics. He was selected “Teacher of the Year” for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District in 1993. In June of 2008, he retired after 36 years in public education. 

Councilmember Jones served on the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission from June 1981 to June 1988 and June 1996 until he was elected to the City Council in March of 1999. He served as Chairman of that Commission in 1998-1999. He was also a member of the City’s Historical Commission from June 1994 to June 1996. 

Councilmember Jones is a member of the La Mirada Kiwanis Club and served as a sponsor of the La Mirada High School Key Club. He has long served as an advisor to La Mirada’s Youth-In-Government program and received the City of La Mirada’s “Volunteers in Action Award” in 1997.

Councilmember Jones holds an Associate of Arts degree from Cerritos College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Biola University, and a Master of Arts in History from California State University, Fullerton. He has been a resident of La Mirada since 1955. He and his wife, Janis, have two sons, Bryce and Bryan. 

To contact the Councilmember, please call (562) 943-0131 or email sjones@cityoflamirada.org.


Andrew Sarega (temp)COUNCILMEMBER ANDREW SAREGA
CITY OF LA MIRADA

Councilmember Andrew Sarega was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 5, 2013. He has been a resident of La Mirada for over 25 years during which time he attended Escalona Elementary School, Benton Middle School, and La Mirada High School, graduating in 2005 with highest honors. After attending Biola University, Councilmember Sarega moved to Europe for two years where he played professional soccer for various European clubs.

Upon returning to the United States, Councilmember Sarega completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.  He is currently a police officer with the City of Newport Beach.  In 2012, he was awarded the Life Saving Award for his actions while on duty. He is also a small business owner, which he currently runs with his father, John, and brother, David.

Councilmember Sarega serves as the chairman of the Contract Cities Membership Committee and represents the City of La Mirada on other regional organizations.

Councilmember Sarega lives in La Mirada with his wife, Susan. 
 
To contact the Councilmember, please call (562) 943-0131 or email asarega@cityoflamirada.org.


Updated:  March 25, 2014

Last updated: 3/27/2014 9:48:53 AM