The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and reports directly to the City Council. As the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Indio and Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency, Public Financing Authority and the Indio Water Authority, he provides policy-based programs and financial decision making advice and support to the Council as well as implements Council goals and objectives. His primary responsibility is to oversee the day to day operations of the City by working closely with the City’s Executive Team in formulating strategic plans and programs on community, public safety, and economic development; developing management and personnel policies and procedures; establishing performance standards and measuring performance; evaluating employee effectiveness; negotiating labor contracts; conducting organization and financial analyses and audits; monitoring revenues and expenditures; and ensuring the City has sound management, fiscal, personnel and information systems.
The City Manager's office oversees council support, governmental relations, legislative affairs, the City Clerk's office, public information/public relations, marketing and special events, customer service, animal services, and the Indio Performing Arts Center.
Message from the City Manager
I was honored on December 6, 2017, to be appointed as Indio City Manager – losing the “Interim” tag that I have had since August. I feel very privileged to serve the Indio community in this capacity. As I told the City Council, I promise you to give Indio my very best effort, to be accessible and to listen. I look forward to getting increasingly involved as a community member and as City Manager.
In coming here, I have inherited a top-caliber group of City Hall teammates who I have come to trust and respect for their dedication to service. This is the seventh (and last) city that I will serve as City Manager. Our Indio City workforce is as good or better than any I have had the joy to work with despite the fact we are a small team. Small but committed! I am also delighted to work for a team of elected officials who share a bold vision and the drive to achieve it. They all care deeply.
The best part of working in Indio is the people who live here. I thank all those who have welcomed me so warmly, and I pledge you my energy and caring.
I feel free to brag a bit about Indio because I am so new that my praise is directed entirely to others. It is clear to me that the world has discovered our fair city, and opportunities for growth and investment are probably as high as they have been in many years. We are seeing interest in housing (both building and buying), in commercial development and in job creation. There are also so many of what I call “services of the heart” provided here in Indio by vibrant nonprofit networks that deserve our recognition and support. Especially during this season, we are grateful for the services they step up to provide. I encourage all who value community to find ways to support these worthy groups with your time and/or resources.
This is your city. As we grow and evolve, it is critical that we maintain the character of this city –that which makes our residents proud. Please let me know when you have ideas or suggestions – or even criticisms that will help us know how best to serve. My contact information is provided below. I look forward to receiving your comments.
Proud to be….City Manager
City of Indio
Mark Scott's Biography
Mark Scott was appointed on December 6, 2017, as City Manager by the Indio City Council. Mr. Scott has worked in the city management field for 40+ years, having previously served as City Manager in the California cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, his hometown of Fresno, Burbank, San Bernardino, and in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was the longest tenured City Manager in Beverly Hills history (14 years). Mark came to Indio from a 19-month assignment in San Bernardino helping that City’s team exit bankruptcy.
Mr. Scott has an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA degree from California State University, Fresno. Following graduation from Stanford, and during the airline deregulation process, he worked as Manager of Marketing Planning at the Dallas/Ft. Worth headquarters of American Airlines, involved in the initial roll-out of the AAdvantage Frequent Flyer program. Mark is a 30-year member of the International City Management Association (ICMA), was a founding member of the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), and has served as an officer of the League of California Cities City Managers’ Department.
Mark has been married to Carol E. Scott for 44 years, and they have two grown children, Melinda and Matthew. Carol is the CEO of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, located in Rancho Mirage, and is active in nonprofit, educational and civic associations both in and out of the Coachella Valley.
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