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Stan Oftelie

Stan Oftelie is an Orange County original.

He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, served as the Orange County Business Council’s CEO, and once led the Orange County Transportation Commission.

In the early 1970s, he was an awardwinning reporter for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. He also served as Supervisor Ralph B. Clark’s Executive Assistant.

Stan earned two Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California, one in journalism and one in public administration. He received undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University and Cypress College.

He was named Cypress College’s Americana Man of the Year in 2000 and was chosen as the college’s 1996 Alumni of the Year. In 2006, the Center for Regional Leadership honored him as one California’s leading Civic Entrepreneurs.

Stan and his wife Dee, an Anaheim attorney, have been married more than 40 years. They have four married sons, all born in Orange County, and eight grandchildren, all born in Orange County.

During the 1956-57 school year, Stan was a third grader at Buena Terra Elementary School in Buena Park. He was a good reader, but received bad marks in handwriting.

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