Robert Collacott was elected to the Villa Park City Council in 2014 and currently serves as Mayor. He has been a Villa Park homeowner since 1981 and has three children, Kristin, Kara and his youngest, Harry, who graduated from Villa Park High School in 2012.
Mayor Collacott represents Villa Park on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Sanitation District, is also the Chairman of the City’s Community Development and Public Safety Committee, and serves on the Investment Advisory Committee and the Infrastructure Management Advisory Committee. Mayor Collacott received the prestigious “Top Elected Official of the Year Award” by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 2016.
As a private sector Environmental Consultant since 1991, Mayor Collacott has assisted a wide range of industries and public agencies in complying with a broad range of federal and state regulatory requirements related to water quality and land use planning. Previously, he was a Division Manager with the County of Orange where he developed and championed the Upper Newport Bay Restoration Project, which was recognized as a Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also championed the establishment of the Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program to cost-effectively comply with the requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act.
Mayor Collacott’s history of community and professional involvement includes founding the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) in 1989. CASQA is a non-profit organization of cities, counties, state and federal regulatory agencies, and private industries throughout California that promotes cost-effective compliance with federal and state environmental regulatory mandates. He served two terms as elected Chair of the Orange County Management Forum. He is a past President of the Southern California Chapter of APWA and served for several years as the Chairman of the Chapter’s Water Resources Committee. Mayor Collacott coached at Villa Park Little League and was a member of the Villa Park High School Baseball Booster Club. He was active in Scouting, beginning as a Cub/Webelo Scout Den leader, with all ten scouts earning the “Arrow of Light.” In addition, he participated in Indian Princesses with his daughters for nine years, including serving as Firefox Tribal Chief. He volunteered extensively in the classroom and in the athletic programs at our local public schools.
One of Mayor Collacott’s first initiatives as a Councilmember was to champion the establishment of the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee (LEAC) which coordinates with the Orange County Sheriff Department to assess crime prevention and law enforcement issues. The efforts of LEAC, in close coordination with Neighborhood Watch and the Orange County Sheriff, has been instrumental in contributing to the reduction in our crime rate – while crime rates elsewhere in Orange County have been increasing.
Most recently, Mayor Collacott championed the establishment of the Infrastructure Management Advisory Committee consisting of resident Civil Engineers to assist the City in developing and implementing fiscally prudent management plans to cost-effectively improve infrastructure.
Mayor Collacott holds a Master’s Degree in Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton.