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Council Member Patricia Kelley

Trish Kelley was originally elected to the Mission Viejo City Council in November 2002.  She served as Mayor in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014.  In December 2014, she retired from the City Council, due to term limits.  After a 2-year return to the private sector, Trish was again elected in November 2016. 

During her previous service on the City Council, Trish successfully promoted many programs and improvements to enhance the quality of life in Mission Viejo.  She advanced the expansion of the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, the renovations of Montanoso and Sierra Recreation Centers and the Marguerite Tennis Center, the addition of three new parks, and expanded hours for the library.  Trish spearheaded the effort to bring a senior transportation program to Mission Viejo.  She supported road-widening projects on Crown Valley, Alicia, and Oso Parkways and various signal and road improvements city-wide.

In 2003, Trish led the City Council to establish Mission Viejo as a City of Character.   She helped to develop a city-wide character program, which focuses on a different character quality each month.  She authored the curriculum, which is provided to the City’s 25 schools, various City facilities, and featured on the City website.  The program has received awards at the State and National levels.   Trish has been a presenter at state and national conferences, teaching other organizations how to bring similar character programs to their communities.

Mission Viejo maintained a strong budget during Trish’s previous twelve years of service, with reserves of over 50% of general fund revenues each year.  The City received a AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s for 5 years, from 2010 through 2014, due to the City’s very strong economy and financial position.  Trish knows that a strong economic base is important, and will work to keep Mission Viejo “business-friendly” and to bring new businesses to the City. 

Public safety continues to be a priority for Trish, as it was during her previous tenure on the City Council, when each year Mission Viejo was ranked by the CQ Press as the safest city in California and in the top 10 in the nation. 

Trish was previously the City’s representative on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors, and also served on the Transportation Corridor Agencies Board of Directors. In addition, she was a member of the Southern California Association of Governments Transportation Committee and the Orange County Parks Commission.  She is currently the Alternate Director for the Transportation Corridor Agencies.

The Marine Corps brought Trish and her husband, Jack, here in 1977 when he served as a pilot at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.  Trish has been volunteering in the community since she moved to Mission Viejo.  She has been an active volunteer in church, youth sports, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Relay for Life, Saddleback College Foundation, and served as PTA President at three different schools. The Kelleys have three grown children and six young grandchildren. Trish continues to stay in touch with children’s issues through her involvement with her six grandchildren.  She is an active member of Compass Bible Church.

Trish believes that quality of life, public safety, economic development, and transportation are the primary concerns of our residents and works hard to preserve and enhance those areas.


Biography prepared by: Council Member Trish Kelley