Walnut – At the City Council meeting for the City of Walnut held on Wed., July 8, rather than swear in Mayor Pro Tem, Eric Ching, as the new mayor, the Council decided to reorganize and place Bob Pacheco in the position. In addition, Councilwoman Mary Su will now serve as Mayor Pro Tem, and Antonio Cartagena, former Mayor Nancy Tragarz and Ching will now serve as council members.
“I’m very pleased to have been selected to be mayor; I look forward to it,” said Pacheco. “This year is going to be challenging. I’m looking forward to uniting Walnut, instead of dividing it.”
Robert Pacheco has served the City of Walnut since 1994. He was first appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Committee and then to the Walnut Planning Commission, according to the City’s website.
In 1996, Pacheco was elected to the Walnut City Council where he served for two years. In 1998, he was elected to the California State Assembly; making him the only City of Walnut resident to serve in the California Legislature. Pacheco was elected to three terms in the State Assembly until he termed-out in 2004. In July 2013, he was again appointed to the Walnut City Council.
Pacheco’s professional career spans 60 years in business and the legal profession. For over 40 years, he was the Senior Partner of the law firm, Pacheco & Pacheco, located in the City of Walnut. He received a Presidential appointment to the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors, and was also appointed as California Senior Advisor for Jobs and Workforce Development under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tenure – as well as an Appellate Member of the Cal-OSHA Board of Appeals.
Pacheco, and his wife, Gayle, currently own and operate a multi-million dollar manufacturing company located in Walnut.
Pacheco is involved in numerous community organizations. He is the founder of the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation, co-founder of the Walnut Humanitarian Medical Mission, and The Gabriel Foundation, which sponsors the annual Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo. Most recently, he co-founded the newly formed Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. He is also a member of the Industry Manufacturer’s Council and also represents the City of Walnut with the Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to Bob Pacheco on his new appointment as Mayor for the City of Walnut!