Bell Gardens City Council Member Daniel Crespo was born and raised in one of the toughest projects in Brooklyn, New York. In 1986, Councilman Crespo, a young teenager, married his high school sweetheart and has been married ever since. He relocated from New York to Bell Gardens. Both of his two children were born and raised in Bell Gardens.
Councilman Crespo graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Psychology/Family Counseling from East Los Angeles College and two years later he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration from Cal State University, Los Angeles. He is a candidate for his Master’s in Public Administration. After graduation he became a Deputy Probation Officer for Los Angeles County.
Councilman Crespo has been a Deputy Probation Officers for the past 20 years. He has worked for eight years with the youth in Juvenile Halls, Youth Camps, and in residential treatment center. For the past twelve years he has worked in Adult Supervision, Gang unit, Narcotics, and is currently an Adult Investigator.
After years of fighting against discrimination and injustice, many prominent Leaders from the United States Congress, California State Senate and Assembly, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Los Angeles have recognized Councilman Crespo’s leadership and dedication to the Community.
In 1999, following many years of being active in Bell Gardens community and civic affairs, Councilman Crespo was appointed to the Planning Commission and also to serve as the group’s chairman. In 2001, he was elected to the City Council and has served as Bell Gardens Mayor Pro Tem. He was re-elected in 2005 and again in 2009.
In 2008, he became a board member for the Los Angeles County Democratic party for the 50th district and was awarded the 2009 “Democratic Man of the Year” award.
In 2009, Councilman Crespo was diagnosed with cancer and after surgery and chemotherapy his cancer is in remission and he is doing well, health wise. .
When not working or participating in the very time-consuming activities of being an elected official, Councilman Crespo enjoys spending time with his family, Karaoke with his friends and being involved in community events, especially those that benefit the youth.