New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
Gary Kreeger was born and raised in Texas. As with many Texans, Gary developed a strong sense of independence. Growing up under very humble circumstances made him appreciate the value of hard work and he developed a deep sense for the importance of service to others. After graduating from high school, Gary attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He worked full time, and graduated in four years with a degree in Chemistry. Shortly after graduation, Gary’s sense of duty and desire for adventure merged when he joined the United States Navy. He finished flight training in July 1984 and joined his first fleet squadron.
He spent the majority of his military career in Naval aviation flying off of aircraft carriers. Gary made seven deployments, including two combat tours. In early 1986 he attended the Aviation Safety Officer School at Naval Postgraduate School. While in Monterey he met his future wife, Katie. They have been married for 31 years and together have raised two wonderful daughters. During his visits to countries all across the globe, he developed a deep appreciation for how fortunate we are in America. However, he also recognized common inequalities that exist everywhere and this strengthened his commitment to social justice.
In 1997 Gary returned to Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science. His final assignment for the Navy was at the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) in Monterey as the Program Manager for the Primary Oceanographic Prediction System (POPS). He expertly managed this high performance super computing system with a budget of over $6,000,000 and 40 personnel.
Upon retirement from the Navy in 2007, Gary intended to pursue a second career in the computer science field. However, when Gary was given the opportunity to teach middle school math and science at his daughters’ school he decided he was eager to teach a new generation of students to love math and science. In addition to teaching full time Gary has become an active member of our community. For eight years he managed his daughter’s travel soccer team based in Salinas. Many of the families could not afford the costs of playing on a team that traveled extensively but Gary worked diligently to creatively find fundraising opportunities so that every girl who wanted to play could. He volunteered at the St. Vincent De Paul Food Cupboard in Pacific Grove for over 12 years and was always ready to lend a hand wherever needed. His tireless community work resulted in his recognition as a Monterey County Veteran of the Year in 2017.
As his children moved on to college Gary became more involved in local government. He worked tirelessly to ensure that Del Rey Oaks joined Monterey Bay Community Power, he was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2017 and he joined the Del Rey Oaks’ Citizens’ Action Committee in 2018. Gary is a passionate believer in governmental transparency and protection of the environment. He is also an advocate for sustainable, less costly water recycling expansion. Gary looks forward to combining his considerable experience in managing budgets and team building with his enthusiasm for open, responsive government. As a member of the Del Rey Oaks City Council he will be able to help keep our city moving forward in the right direction.