Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett
Mayor Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett is currently serving his second consecutive term on the City Council of Tustin (2012 to present). He also served on the City Council from 1990 to 1994. He was selected to serve as Mayor in 1991 and then again from December 2014 to December 2015.
Besides serving as a Council Member, Chuck currently represents the City of Tustin on the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agencies, Orange County Council of Governments, and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).
Chuck went to work with Hunt-Wesson Foods, Food Service Division in 1968 and retired in 2000 after spending 32 years with the company. He served as District Manager, Los Angeles District from 1975 to 1992. He transferred into the National Accounts Division where he solicited business from and then maintained several multimillion-dollar restaurant chains. He retired as Director, National Accounts on November 1, 2000.
He was honored with the
Meritorious Achievement Award from the food service division in 1998. He was recognized with the
Meritorious Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of Pittsburg State University in 1998 for outstanding career achievement and awarded the
Distinguished Alumni Award from Labette Community College, Parsons, Kansas in 2010.
Since moving to Tustin in 1975, Council Member Puckett has served on more than 30 community boards in a leadership capacity. A few of those were President, Peppertree Homeowners Association (1976), Tustin Planning Commission (1982 to 1988), Tustin City Council (1990 to 1994, 2012 to present), and again on the Planning Commission from 2006 to 2012. He served as Chairman of the Planning Commission four times.
Chuck served on numerous county boards and was honored as Tustin’s “Man of the Year” for exceptional service to the community in 1986. He also served as President of the Boys and Girls Club of Tustin in 1986 and is currently serving on their Endowment Board.
Chuck was a founding member of the Tustin Community Foundation and has served two terms (five years) as President. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hope International University, Fullerton and was presented the prestigious “Spirit of Hope” Award for outstanding service to the university in September 2015.
Chuck is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. In 2016, Chuck was awarded the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, a prestigious recognition granted by the local council's National Eagle Scout Award (NESA) committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level.
Council Member Puckett has been seen as Santa Claus at the Enderle Center Holiday Kickoff Celebration for the last 19 years and has brought much joy to the children of the Tustin area. He has also volunteered with the Tustin Police Department Santa Sleigh program for the past 19 years.
Council Member Puckett was born and raised in Kansas. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1961, lettering in football and serving as President of the Student Council when he was a senior. He graduated from Parsons Junior College with an AA degree in 1963, serving as Vice President of the Student Body.
He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1965 with a BSBA degree with a marketing major. He served as President of the Student Assembly from 1964 to 1965. Chuck married Donna Henry in August 1965. He has two grown children and four grandchildren.
Chuck has more than 20 years of experience serving the City of Tustin as a Council Member or Planning Commissioner and is willing, eager and well qualified to serve the citizens of Tustin.