Los Al Council pays tribute to former mayor Ken Parker

The Los Al Council paid tribute to the late Ken Parker, who has passed away at the age of 65.

During the April 19 meeting of the Los Alamitos City Council, Mayor Mark Chirco announced the “very sad news” that former Mayor Kenneth C. Parker had passed away at the age of 65.

Parker served two terms as the Mayor of the City of Los Alamitos. He was elected to the City Council in November 2000 and was re-elected in December 2004. Parker had a strong background in corporate finance.

He owned and operated Ken C. Parker and Associates Inc., an independent financial management company based in Los Al, and served as Finance Director on many boards and commissions.

During his career in public service, Parker served on the Board of Directors of: WestComm JPA as Chairman, Orange County Sanitation District Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Operations Committee, Southern California Association of Governments, Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors, Orange County Transportation Authority WOCPDS Policy Committee, Joint Forces Training Base Master Plan Committee, Orange County Growth Management Area Board, North Orange County ROP Virtual Enterprises (Advisor), and the Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council Transportation Committee and other regional boards.

Within the community, Mayor Parker had served as Auditor, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian of the LAE PTA, part of the LAUSD Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, and was the City Working Group Representative, according to his bio.

In addition, Mayor Parker has serviced the community as an employee of the Los Alamitos Parks and Recreation Department. He has 29 years of community involvement, including participation as: Los Alamitos Elementary PTA board member, Founder of Los Alamitos Tennis Club, Los Alamitos High School Varsity Tennis Coach, Manager Los Alamitos Junior Baseball, and AYSO soccer coach.

A native Californian, Mayor Parker graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 1973.

“He was very involved in our community,” said Chirco, who noted the city had been honored by his service. “He gave very dedicated service to this community,” said Chirco.