Long-time Arcadia board member Roger Chandler dies after battle with cancer – Pasadena Star News

The city of Arcadia is mourning the death of longtime council member Roger Chandler who died after a battle with cancer, officials said on Monday (November 15th).

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague,” Arcadia Mayor Sho Tay said in a statement. “My family and I send our deepest condolences to Jane and the entire Chandler family.”

Chandler, who died Friday, is survived by his wife Jane and their two sons. The city has not disclosed his age, but is believed to be around 70 years old.

“Roger’s presence on city council will be missed, but his legacy of service and his impact on Arcadia will live on for generations,” said Tay.

Chandler has lived in Arcadia for over 40 years and served on city council for 24 of them, serving as mayor four times.

By law, he had to take a two-year hiatus from the board due to term limits after serving his fifth term and was re-elected for a sixth in April 2014.

“I’m just happy to be here,” Chandler said at the time. “This is not my first rodeo. It’s still nervous, but I’m tickled.

He then told the Pasadena Star-News that he did not have a program, but that he would strive to make the city “a safe and honest city in which we all love to live”.

Chandler had a master’s degree in public administration from USC and a career in law enforcement, serving for more than two decades with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was also the Los Angeles Housing Authority Police Chief and established the Hawaiian Gardens Police Department. .

Chandler was known as someone who focused on issues of public safety and water quality.

It was not without controversy. In August 2019, the city decided not to rebuild the basketball courts at the renovated Eisenhower Park. At a city council meeting that included the topic, Chandler’s comments sparked a protest from around 60 people outside the park. According to Chandler, the courts were attracting unauthorized and unauthorized basketball tournaments and hunting picnickers.

Memorial donations in his honor can be made to the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte.

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