Mike Cordero has been a member of CommUnify’s Board since 2014 and has served on the Santa Maria City Council representing since 2008. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Cordero was with the Santa Maria Police Department for 36 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. His law enforcement career began with the Carpinteria Police Department before joining Santa Maria Police Department in December 1972 as a patrol officer. Mr. Cordero was promoted to Sergeant in December 1983, and in 1992 was assigned to the Detective Bureau as the Narcotic Sergeant. In this position he worked with detectives, managed and supervised cases, had oversight over Records, Property/Evidence and the Police Lab, and worked with the Gang Suppression Team. In 1995 Mr. Cordero became Patrol Sergeant until 2002 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Mr. Cordero has remained active in the community, serving on the Board for United Way and CommUnify, and was recently appointed as a 5th District Representative for the Santa Barbara County Drug and Alcohol Commission. He also currently serves as Secretary for Elks Lodge 1538. Mr. Cordero attended Santa Barbara City College and Allan Hancock College to obtain his Associates of Science degree.
Mr. Cordero and his wife, Linda, a retired elementary school Principal and current Trustee of Santa Maria-Bonita School District, reside in Santa Maria. They have three grown sons: Michael, Albert, and Adam and have three grandchildren Nadia, Albert, and Valentina who live in Santa Maria and attend local schools. When not attending numerous local non-profit events, they enjoy BBQing – often for hundreds of people at one time.