Jim Desmond was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in November of 2018. Prior to that he was elected Mayor of San Marcos in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and in 2014. For two years prior to mayor, Desmond served as a San Marcos City Council member.
In addition to mayoral duties, Mayor Desmond is the City’s primary representative on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and is the chair of the SANDAG Regional Transportation Committee. Mayor Desmond also serves as chair of the San Marcos Fire Protection District. Since 2007, he represents the North County Inland Cities (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and Poway) as a board Member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
Desmond’s city service started in 2000 as president of the board of San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC) until 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Desmond served as an alternate on the city planning commission.
Mayor Desmond is a US Navy Veteran. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University. He completed the Leadership North County program at California State University San Marcos. In the 1990s he founded, managed and sold Technical Standards, Inc. a technical writing and document company. Desmond served as a San Marcos Chamber of Commerce board member.
A resident of San Marcos since 1992, Desmond was active in the community serving as the first parent teacher president of Twin Oaks Elementary School. Desmond remains involved and is a member of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scouts of America.
Since 1986, Mayor Desmond is currently employed as a captain for Delta Air Lines flying Boeing 757s and 767s domestic and internationally.
Mayor Jim Desmond and his wife Kerri of 32 years reside in San Marcos. They have two grown children.