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John Moorlach

John Moorlach

The Honorable John M. W. Moorlach, C.P.A., is a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, representing the Second District cities of Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, a portion of Garden Grove, and the majority of Newport Beach. Supervisor Moorlach currently serves on several boards and committees, including: the California State Association of Counties, CalOptima, the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee (Chairman), the Orange County Council of Governments, the Orange County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Chairman), the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (Vice Chairman), the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Orange County Vector Control District, and the Urban Counties Caucus. Prior to being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2006, he served as the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector for nearly 12 years. Supervisor Moorlach has the distinction of having predicted the largest municipal bond portfolio loss and bankruptcy in U.S. history. He has been a voice on major fiscal issues facing the county, state, and the nation. He is a noted and respected long-time advocate for public employee pension reform and serves on the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility Advisory Board.Prior to serving as Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Moorlach was Vice President of Balser, Horowitz, Frank & Wakeling, an Accountancy Corporation, and was the administrative partner of its Costa Mesa office. He served on numerous nonprofit and industry related boards during his eighteen years in public practice and was a frequent writer and speaker on financially related topics.Moorlach is a California history enthusiast and served as Vice President of the Gold Discovery to Statehood California (1848-1850) Sesquicentennial Foundation Board. He has photographed nearly all of the State’s historical landmarks, a program under the auspices of the State Historical Resources Commission. Consequently, he has visited every county in the state, some on numerous occasions, and has enjoyed multiple drives on Highway One, from San Diego County to Crescent City and beyond.Moorlach graduated from California State University in Long Beach in 1977 and passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978. He completed his studies for the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1987. He earned a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Delaware, Division of Continuing Education in 1995, the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) in Employee Pensions in 1999 and the Trustees Masters Program in 2003 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the New Supervisors Training Institute in 2007 from California State University in Sacramento in cooperation with their Center for California Studies.