By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
Supervisor Todd Spitzer has appointed Steve Chavez Lodge of Anaheim Hills to the Orange County Waste Management Commission. He replaces John Beauman of Brea who was appointed to the commission by Supervisor Spitzer’s predecessor, Bill Campbell, in 2011. Beauman had served on the commission since 2002, as he was an appointee of the City Selection Committee before his 2011 appointment by Supervisor Campbell.
“Steve Chavez Lodge is a well-respected public servant who has served his country and his community in a variety of ways,” Supervisor Spitzer said. “I thank Mr. Chavez Lodge for his willingness to serve the Third District on the Waste Management Commission.”
Chavez Lodge is a United States Army veteran who served as an army paratrooper after graduating from the Army Airborne Academy and the Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy. A graduate of the Golden West Police Officers Academy and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers Academy, Chavez Lodge served as a police officer in Orange County for 27 years. During his law enforcement career, Chavez Lodge earned numerous awards, including Detective of the Year 2003, Officer of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, the State Legislature Career Commendation Award, and the FBI Career Achievement Award.
The Waste Management Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on municipal solid waste management and on the operation and maintenance of County landfills and other County facilities related to solid waste disposal.
Each Supervisorial district is represented by three people on the Waste Management Commission. Two are appointed by their Supervisor and one is appointed by the City Selection Committee, provided that none of the appointees may be representatives of the waste industry. The Third District is now represented by Steve Chavez Lodge, Donald Froelich, and Tustin Councilwoman Beckie Gomez.