Long-time Walnut resident, Antonio “Tony” Cartagena, was first elected to a four year term on the Walnut City Council in April 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Tony served as Mayor in September 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2013.
As a high school and college educator at Claret College, a college ran by the Claretian Missionary in the Philippines, he was involved in scouting programs, sports activities, and served as advisor of the Student Advisory Council. He then moved to California in the late 1970s and worked for Los Angeles County in the Financial Services Division. He worked as a Patient Financial Services Quality Control Worker (PFSQCW) Supervisor and occasionally Interim Head PFSQCW, and retired to spend quality time with his family, church, and community. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented Tony with a commendation for his almost 35 years of exemplary service in the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration in October of 2010.
Besides his professional career, Tony is involved in many civic duties and maintains a very busy schedule representing the City of Walnut. His current involvement includes responsibilities as a delegate or alternate for Foothill Transit, Regional Chamber of Commerce-San Gabriel Valley, Commission Selection Committee, Council Personnel Committee, California Contract Cities, Four Corners Transportation Coalition, Los Angeles Sanitation, and San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.
He previously served as Governing Board Member to the League of California Cities, Lanterman Monitoring Committee, and City Selection Committee.
Prior to his election to the City Council, Tony was appointed to the Planning Commission and served as the Commission’s Vice Chair, the Walnut Transportation Committee, and the Chair of Cultural Awareness Resources Exchange ( C.A.R.E.) Law and Code Enforcement.
Tony is very community–minded and wears many hats. He dedicated many years to the Walnut Family Festival Committee and served as chair in 1998. His passion for education motivated him to serve as a Member of the Walnut Valley Educational Foundation Board for a decade, and he was instrumental as a Board Member of the Walnut Sister City Association.
Devoted to his faith, Tony served on the Parish Advisory Council and President of the Filipino-American Association for both St. Martha Catholic Community Church and St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Community Church, and has been active in religious ministry for St. Lorenzo Ruiz in Walnut since 1990.
His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Science in Education at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Xavier University) which is ran by the Jesuit Missionary. Tony has also earned 30 academic units toward a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at Western Mindanao State University, Philippines.
Tony is a recipient of numerous recognitions as a religious and civic community leader. He has been happily married to Norie De La Cruz for 35 years, and they are blessed with two children; a daughter, and a son.
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