Michelle Steel Announces Updated and Expanded Veterans Employment Preference Policy

On September 15th, 2020, Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, introduced a proposal, which was unanimously approved by her colleagues, to update and expand the county’s veterans hiring preference program.   The expanded program provides a preference in the employment process to all eligible veterans and eligible members of the National Guard and Reserves.  Additionally, eligible spouses of disabled and deceased veterans can now also apply under the program.

“This policy will provide veterans, and eligible spouses, an opportunity to receive an interview in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings,” said Chairwoman Steel.  “Orange County’s veterans employment preference policy will be the most veteran friendly county program in the state.”

Orange County is currently home to the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Over 130,000 veterans reside in Orange County.   It is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the state.

“The men and women of our armed forces generally offer to a prospective employer: exceptional training, advanced life skills, dedication, leadership, loyalty, discipline, mission dedication, organizational skills, and a solid work ethic,” added Chairwoman Steel. “The County of Orange recognizes their service, as well as their spouses sacrifices, and desires to attract that kind of honor and devotion in its workforce.”

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First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.