(FLASHBACK) Steve Spear is awarded this coveted award for representing all the people all the time with dignity and grace. No backroom deal with special interest or local power players with Steve. Steve is truly the peoples choice. His tenacity and unrelenting perception that local politicians need to answer to the people is evident.
Steve is approachable; anyone with a concern gets a straightforward, logical and ethical answer. He is an unrelenting advocate for the people of Twentynine Palms and the Morongo Valley.
It’s rumored that Steve will not seek another term as City Council. Perhaps Steve needs more time with his family and the other love of his life, golf. This award should be accompanied with a hundred thousand dollars grant from a nonprofit foundation for Steve to move the community forward in a beneficial way as is fitting and proper. I regret it’s not.
Best Wishes to Steve and his family.
A Biographical of Steve Spear
Boards and Committees
Twentynine Palms City Council (December 2002 to present)
Alternate, San Bernardino County Flood Control Advisory Committee
Franchise Task Force
Personnel Task Force
Fire Department Task Force
Code Enforcement Task Force
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954, Steve remained a resident of that city until his graduation from Villanova University in 1977, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, after which he entered the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.
Serving the Corps in various positions from artillery forward observer, rifle platoon and rifle company commander, and staff officer, Steve left the Corps in 1991 as a Captain and was soon appointed a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Arriving in Twentynine Palms in 1985 as part of his Marine Corps career, upon separation he decided to remain in the city with his wife, Laura, and their three sons, Michael, Jay, and Andrew. Oldest son Michael is presently a Sergeant 1st Class in the 25th Infantry Division and has been awarded four Bronze Stars for service in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Middle son Jay is presently a Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division and has served two combat tours in Iraq. Youngest son Andrew is a courtesy clerk at Stater Brothers in Twentynine Palms. Steve also has a daughter, Stephanie, who is in the United States Air Force and is scheduled to be stationed in California in 2009. She also has served two tours of duty in the Middle East.
Wife Laura works for the Morongo Unified School District as a secretary at the Twentynine Palms Junior High School. Upon leaving the Corps, Steve became a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, where he remains today as a Sergeant. Serving with the Sheriff’s Department since 1991, Steve has been a jail deputy, patrol deputy, detective, and correctional training officer.
Steve is currently assigned to the East Valley Court Services Division and is responsible for three courthouses, a semi-jail type facility, and sixteen deputies. Steve’s areas of expertise include various criminal investigation schools as well as Major Accident Investigations.
This post was modified from its original text on 1/2/2010. Of course there is no “BH Morongo Basin Citizen’s Award of the Year.” But if there were, it’s no secret who would get it.