John Moorlach | Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Public Accountability

As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, John Moorlach began his career in public service 20 years ago when he warned that then Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Robert Citron’s risky investment strategies would lead to bankruptcy. Moorlach’s warnings proved true when Orange County filed for bankruptcy protection in December 1994, then the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. He was appointed the county Treasurer-Tax Collector in 1995 and was twice re-elected. In 2006, voters elected John to serve in his first of two terms on the Board of Supervisors, where he continued his focus on reforming the county’s budget practices and sounding the alarm on the county’s growing unfunded liabilities. He served from 2015 to 2020 as the State senator for the 37th Senate district. He is now a senior fellow and director of CPC’s Center for Public Accountability.