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John M.W. Moorlach

2014 Distinguished Alumnus

John M.W. Moorlach

John M.W. Moorlach

Supervisor, Second District, Orange County Board of Supervisors
1977, Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, CSULB

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Buena Park, Calif., John Moorlach was elected second district supervisor of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2006, serving as chair from 2008-12. For nearly 12 years, he was the county’s treasurer-tax collector and predicted the third largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

He began his career in 1976, when he was hired by CSULB alumnus Richard G. Boyer, whose sole proprietorship merged with Balser, Horowitz, Frank & Wakeling, for which Moorlach later served as vice president. Moorlach currently chairs several Orange County regional organizations, including the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee. He also sits on the California State Association of Counties Board of Directors, including its Executive Committee.

A long-time public employee pension reform advocate, he served on the Orange County Employees Retirement System board of directors from 1995-06, including a stint as chair. He writes and speaks frequently on financially related topics and hosted a cable television program.

As a California history enthusiast, Moorlach was vice president of the Gold Discovery to Statehood California Sesquicentennial Foundation Board.

His sister Annemarie is also a CSULB alumna. Moorlach and his wife, Trina, have three children: Sarah, Caleb and Daniel.

From Alumni Awards 2014 program