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Council Member Stephen J. Faessel


Stephen Faessel was re-elected to the City Council in November 2020 representing District 5, in east-central Anaheim.

Faessel serves as Anaheim’s representative on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a regional supplier of water for Southern California.

As part of his role with the water district, he serves as vice chairman of the Bay-Delta Committee, and is also a member of the Finance Insurance, Engineering and Operations, Naming Ad Hoc and Organization, Personnel and Technology committees.

He also serves as chair of the Santa Ana River Conservancy Advisory Committee, part of the California State Coastal Conservancy.

Faessel was first elected to the City Council in 2016 representing District 5.

Since 2003, Faessel has served on the board of directors of the Anaheim Community Foundation.

From 2006 to 2013, Faessel served on the Anaheim Planning Commission. Prior to the Planning Commission, Faessel served from 1998 to 2006 on the Anaheim Public Utilities Board, including as chairman from 1999 to 2006.

As part of Faessel’s Public Utility Board appointment, he also served on the city’s General Plan Advisory Committee from 2001 through 2004. The committee oversaw the update of the city’s general plan guiding Anaheim’s future growth.

He also previously served as chair of Anaheim’s Budget, Investment and Technology Commission.

Along with civic involvement, Faessel has contributed his interest in preserving local history by serving on the board of trustees of the Anaheim Museum Inc. since 1990 and as president of the Anaheim Historical Society Inc. from 1999 to 2004. Faessel continues to serve the Anaheim Historical Society as corresponding secretary.

Faessel is a founding member of the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, where he currently serves as secretary of the board.

Since 1975, Faessel has been a continuing education instructor for the North Orange County Community College District in the field of electricity, electrical codes and utility systems.

He was born in Anaheim in 1950 to parents active in the Orange County citrus industry. Faessel attended Anaheim’s St. Boniface Elementary School, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in marketing.

Faessel is retired from a 50-year career in the retail hardware industry as merchandise manager for the 16-store Crown ACE Hardware chain.

His wife of more than 40 years, Susan, is a retired career educator and previously served as vice chair of the Anaheim Public Utility Board and on the Library and Community Services board. She also is past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim.

The Faessels have one son, a daughter-in-law and three grandsons.

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