Deputy Mike Tanabe, a 10-year Orange County Sheriff's veteran, will be honored by the City Council Wednesday as Aliso Viejo's Deputy of the Year.

Tanabe's service and commitment to Aliso Viejo and strong work ethic has earned him the respect of his peers, supervisors and members of the community, said Lt. Rich Paddock, chief of police services.

Tanabe, a former Special Enforcement Deputy and current field-training officer, was recently selected to assume an 18-month assignment in the department's specialized Directed Enforcement Team - a regional investigative/surveillance and apprehension team that specializes in property and violent crime.

Tanabe is known for his perseverance, communication skills and attention to detail. Last month, he was honored for his outstanding service to the city at the 2006 Annual Firefighters and Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Dinner. The annual dinner, hosted by the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge, pays homage to south county police and fire personnel for "meritorious" service during the year.

Tanabe has spent hours immersing himself into all aspects of the community. His vast network has allowed him to keep a watchful eye on Aliso Viejo and beyond. Paddock said that Tanabe's professionalism and dedication to the community is truly exceptional. Tanabe is a married father of three who enjoys martial arts and spending time with his family.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers, 12 Journey. For more information, call (949) 425-2551 or visit the city's Web site at