Tom Tait was appointed in January 1995 by a unanimous 4-0 vote to fill a vacancy and complete an unexpired term on the Anaheim City Council. He was subsequently elected by the voters in November 1996 to serve a full four-year term and was re-elected without a challenge in 2000. He was elected by the Council to serve as Mayor Pro Tem from 2002-2003. He was later voted Mayor of Anaheim in 2010.
Tom brings considerable experience to the city, having also served on the Anaheim Planning Commission; the Anaheim Budget Advisory Commission; and as a member of the Anaheim Community Block Grant Foundation. He also served as Anaheim’s representative on board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has been active in the community, where he was an advisory board member of the Anaheim Family YMCA and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.
He has served on the board of Directors of the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club, and Disney Goals. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming and received a Masters degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Finance. At the same time, he received a Juris Doctorate degree from Vanderbilt in 1985.
Tom’s knowledge of local government and the community is enhanced by his experience in business. He is president of Tait & Associates, Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting firm where he leads a professional staff of more than 120 employees in offices throughout the western United States.
He is a member of the California State Bar.
Tait and his wife, Julie, have four children. They have resided in Anaheim for over 25 years.