Escondido’s new City Manager, Graham Mitchell, began his twenty years in California city government experience as an intern in the city manager’s office of Monterey Park. He began his career in the fields of economic development and redevelopment with the cities of Monterey Park and Moorpark. Graham was appointed as the city manager for Farmersville, California in 2000 – at the time, the second youngest city manager in California. In 2003, he joined the City of Lemon Grove as its city manager. Then in early 2015, after twelve years in Lemon Grove, Graham accepted an offer to serve as the City of Escondido’s assistant city manager. Graham then took on the role of Escondido’s City Manager on January 1, 2016.
In Lemon Grove, Graham oversaw the transformation of the community’s downtown village with the development of an urban park, a “skate spot,” mixed-use development projects, public art, farmers market, and pedestrian friendly improvements. In Escondido, Graham is striving to expedite approval time for development projects and the expansion of businesses. Graham has a track record of turning around failing budgets and introducing innovation and entrepreneurial concepts to local government.
Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University (1994) and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (1997). Even though Graham enjoys work, he loves spending time with his wife and two children.