Mayor, Steven D. Hofbauer

Steven D. Hofbauer


Term expires: November 2022
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Mayor Steve Hofbauer has served on the Palmdale City Council since 2003 and was elected Mayor in 2018 and 2020. He had previously served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2009, 2013, 2016, and 2017, as well as Acting Mayor. Prior to being elected to the Council, Hofbauer served as Planning Commissioner and Chairman beginning in 1990.

City Council Representation 

Mayor Hofbauer represents Palmdale in many capacities:

  • High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Board Member
  • Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Executive Board Member
    • AVTA Executive Committee
  • LA County Sanitation District
    • Palmdale District 20, Chairman
    • AV District 14, Board Member
  • AV Air Quality Management District, Governing Board Member
  • League of CA Cities - Palmdale Delegate
    • State Board Member, Desert Mountain Division Delegate
    • Past President of the Desert/Mountain Division
    • Transportation Policy Committee
    • Public Safety Policy Committee
    • Regional Trauma Center and Fire Ad Hoc Committees
    • Legislative Committee
  • California Contract Cities Association – Palmdale Delegate
    • Legislative Committee
  • LA Co Sheriff’s Dept Liability Trust Fund Oversight Board, North Patrol Division
    • Claims Review Board, Alternate Member
  • Palmdale City Investment Committee
  • United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association Member/Delegate
  • METRO Northern Corridor Cities Transportation Committee
  • LA County Mayors, California Mayors Coalition, and US Mayors

Hofbauer previously served as a director of the Palmdale Community Association,  was a co-coordinator of the City of Palmdale Earthquake Preparedness Fair (predecessor to National Night Out), Palmdale Recycled Water Authority alternate delegate, Palmdale Audit Committee member, North County Transportation Coalition (NCTC) delegate, and on Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG.)


Hofbauer served over 39 years in the EMS and Fire Service, retiring from the Los Angeles Fire Department as a Fire Inspector II in Construction Services in 2012. He was in one of the first classes of EMTs in the state, and later became an LAFD firefighter/paramedic, serving in a variety of challenging field rescue assignments, including as a Paramedic Preceptor (training officer), and as a flight medic. He saw service at the catastrophic 1994 Northridge Meadows building collapse, served multiple tours of duty as a Medical Team Leader with the LA County Disaster Medical Team, and the elite FEMA National Medical Response Team, an asset of the US Public Health Service, where he trained for terrorist and weapons of mass destruction incidents, industrial, nuclear, biological, or chemical accidents, and pandemics.

After retiring from the Fire Department, Hofbauer started a Building and Fire Code and Construction Consulting business, providing services for a number of medical, laboratory, industrial, and residential projects in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino. He has held numerous professional licenses and certifications in Building and Fire Code, Plan Check and Fire Investigation through the National Fire Protection Association, the International Code Council, the California State Fire Marshal, and CAL-EPA. He has been deployed to a number of catastrophes as part of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as a disaster/damage Safety Assessment Team Supervisor, most recently deployed to the catastrophic Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura. Hofbauer holds a General Class Amateur Radio license (KM6AIT) and is active with our local emergency communications teams.

Hofbauer is a rare recipient of the LA County Fire Department Valor Award for heroism. In his highly decorated career in the Fire Service and as a volunteer, he earned many commendations, including the highly prestigious Los Angeles County Community Protector of the Year, twice named Paramedic of the Year, and recipient of the Fire Marshal’s Award for Meritorious Service. The Boy Scouts of America recognized him with the District Award of Merit, the Council’s Silver Beaver Award for Outstanding Service to Youth, and the William J. “Pete” Knight Distinguished Community Leadership Award. His elected public service peers from around the region recognized Steve with the coveted Larry Chimbole Lifetime Public Service Award.


Hofbauer attended Los Angeles Pierce and Valley Colleges, Rancho Santiago, Santa Ana, and Rio Hondo Colleges, UCLA Extension, and California State University Los Angeles to further his specialized education in EMS, Fire and Building Codes, and Fire Inspection and Investigation.


He has been a member of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Boosters, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles, California Professional Firefighters, the National Fire Protection Association, International Fire Marshals’ Association, International Code Council, California Building Officials, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, AV Amateur Radio Club, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, National Rifle Association, Palmdale Fin and Feather Club, and Redondo Beach Yacht Club.

In his spare time, Hofbauer enjoys sailing and outdoor activities and volunteering at special events. He is a decades long volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, was the Skipper of the Antelope Valley Sea Scouts for 2 decades, and has served on the District Training and Camporee staffs, as High Sierra Camp Medic, Merit Badge Counselor, and Assistant Scoutmaster. Hofbauer has previously volunteered with the Little League, Palmdale Youth Orchestra, and was a coordinator for the LAFD Firefighters’ Toy Program.

He and his wife Barbara have been married since 1978, and have two grown children, Kimberly and Eagle Scout Christopher, and have granddaughters Amelia Rose and Zsofia, and grandsons Beau Brandon and Matthew Pera, and his golden retriever Buster. They have lived in Palmdale since 1981.