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Ed Sachs first entered public service in 1966 after leaving the basketball team at Indiana University to join the US Navy. As a forward observer in combat zones throughout Vietnam, Ed was a constant target, but thankfully he returned home in 1970. After the war, Ed and his unit were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for valor in combat.
After Vietnam, Sachs returned to Indiana to complete his college degree. After graduating in 1972, Sachs entered the fast-growing consumer electronics industry as an entry-level salesman. Over the next 35 years, Sachs became a leader in the industry and ultimately became President of Pioneer Electronics, USA. Sachs retired in 2009, leaving the company with its highest top-line revenue and income before tax in the division’s history.
After his retirement, Sachs felt compelled to return to public service to promote transparency and fiscal accountability in government. Since his election to the Mission Viejo Council in 2014, Sachs and his colleagues have passed balanced budgets every year, reduced the city’s unfunded pension liability, and have increased city reserves to $25 million. Sachs also serves on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors (OCFA), is the President of the OC Board of Directors for the League of California Cities and is the founder of Secure Our Communities (SOCS) an organization dedicated to promoting safety and violence preparedness in local schools and community centers.