Mayor Tom Tait
Tom Tait was elected to serve as mayor of Anaheim in November 2010 and re-elected to his second term in November 2014.
Mayor Tait ran on a platform of bringing the values of freedom and kindness to the culture of the city, while upholding fiscal responsibility, public safety and civic upkeep.
Tait previously served on the Anaheim City Council from 1995 to 2004. He has also served on the Anaheim Planning Commission and on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board. He is a current member of the board of directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority.
As mayor, Tait has promoted Anaheim as a City of Kindness. Under his Kindness Initiative, Anaheim Union School District students fulfilled a pledge to complete 1 million acts of kindness.
He also created the Hi Neighbor program, which simply encourages neighbors to get to know one another through acts of kindness and to build social infrastructure that leads to stronger, more resilient communities.
Under the kindness initiative, Tait also launched a program called Coming Home Anaheim, which coordinates the work and resources of local community and religious organizations to provide homes for the homeless.
In 2011, Tait, formed a Regulatory Relief Task Force to review and eliminate regulatory burdens on existing and prospective businesses in Anaheim, resulting in more freedom for people to achieve their dreams.
Tait received his bachelor’s in finance from the University of Wyoming and master of business administration and law degree from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Aside from his duties as mayor, Tait is CEO of Tait and Associates, a civil engineering firm, and Tait Environmental Services, an environmental consulting company.
Tait and his wife Julie have four children and two grandchildren. They have lived in Anaheim for 28 years.