Mayor Steve Croft
Mayor Steve Croft was selected by his council colleagues on
March 27, 2018 to serve as mayor for a one-year term. Steve was first elected to the Lakewood City Council in March 2005 after having served the four previous years on the city’s Planning and Environment Commission.
Steve served as mayor previously in 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 and as vice mayor in 2007-2008, 2012-2013 and 2017-2018. He ran unopposed in the March 2009 and March 2013 elections, was re-elected in March 2017, and is currently serving his fourth term on the council.
Steve and his wife Tess live on Castana Avenue in the western portion of Lakewood, but Steve grew up in the eastern portion of the city on Pioneer Boulevard and remembers his grandparents’ enthusiasm for Lakewood’s annexation of their neighborhood in the early 1960s. Great memories of growing up in Lakewood, participating in Lakewood Youth Sports and the after-school programs at Bloomfield Park made Lakewood the first choice for Steve and Tess when they decided where to make their home and raise their daughter Ana.
Since joining the Lakewood City Council, Steve has served terms as Lakewood's representative on several regional boards including the League of California Cities, California Contract Cities Association and the Southeast L.A. County Workforce Investment Board. He currently serves as Lakewood's representative for the League of California Cities (L.A. County City Selection Committee), L.A. County Sanitation Districts and the Greater L.A. County Vector Control Board, where he was elected President of the Board by his colleagues for 2017. He is also the city’s alternate representative to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the League of California Cities (Annual League Conference), and the Southeast Water Coalition.
Steve chairs the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Economic Development Committee, Audit Committee and Water Resources Committee, and is a member of the Capital Improvement Plan committee. He serves as a board member of the Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Pathways Volunteer Hospice. Steve is a proud member of the Lakewood Lions Club, and both he and his wife Tess are active members of the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries.
Mayor Croft’s current term on the city council runs through March 2022.