The City of Arcadia is celebrating the life and legacy of Council Member Roger Chandler on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 240 W. Huntington Drive. The event will be held prior to the City Council meeting at 7 p.m., which will be adjourned in his memory.
In mid-November, the city announced that the longtime city council member passed away after an extended battle with cancer.
Chandler lived in Arcadia for over 40 years and served on the city council for nearly 24 years. Receiving his master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Southern California, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 21 and was with them for 24 years.
After retiring from the Sheriff’s Department, he went on to become the Chief of Police of the Los Angeles City Housing Authority and in 1994 he created the City of Hawaiian Gardens Police Department.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague,” said Arcadia Mayor Sho Tay at that time. “My family and I send our sincerest condolences to Jane and the entire Chandler family. Roger’s presence on the City Council will be missed but his legacy of service and his impact on Arcadia will live on for generations.”
Chandler – who was elected to six terms on the council and served four times as mayor – is remembered by the city as someone who was well known for his approach to the city’s municipal affairs, particularly his focus on public safety and water quality.
The community is welcome to briefly share their stories about Chandler and his impact on them personally or Arcadia. For more information about this event, please contact Mary Buttice at mbuttice@ArcadiaCA.gov or at (626) 574-5401.