Mayor Swearengin Appoints Fresno Native Mark Scott As New City Manager

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the appointment of Mark Scott, a Fresno native with 34 years of experience in public administration, as the City of Fresno’s new city manager.

Scott, 60, who has been a city manager in three cities over the past 20 years, is currently the city manager in Culver City. He will begin his duties in Fresno in mid-April. Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd will continue to serve as interim city manager until Scott is in position.

“I am pleased to welcome Mark back to Fresno,” Mayor Swearengin said. “He is the ideal person to assume the City Manager’s position – his more than 30 years of experience in public administration has seasoned him and prepared him to step in and perform at a high level. Most importantly, he’s passionate about seeing his hometown succeed.”

"City Managers rarely get a chance to return to their hometowns,” Scott said. “I feel very fortunate to be coming back to the place of my original inspiration to join Mayor Swearengin's team. The best part of Fresno is Fresnans. I’m glad to be home."

Scott’s experience as a city manager includes stints at Culver City and Beverly Hills, both in California, and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

At Culver City, Scott is the city’s first manager since its transition to the Council-Manager form of government. He is responsible for 720 employees with a budget of more than $160 million. He also serves as the City’s acting chief financial officer, as well as the executive director of one of the state’s more active redevelopment agencies.

Before Culver City, Scott served as city manager of Spartanburg, South Carolina, from November 2003 to May 2009. In that position, he helped to develop the award-winning “creative community” program and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of a municipal government of 500 staff and a $49 million budget.

Scott also served as city manager of Beverly Hills from April 1990 to November 2003, the longest tenure of a city manager in Beverly Hills history. At Beverly Hills, Scott was responsible for the operation of a municipal government staff of 1,100 and a $250 million budget. Before becoming city manager, Scott was director of environmental services (community development) and executive assistant to the city manager in Beverly Hills.

In addition, Scott served as assistant to the City Manager of Clovis from 1972-78.

Scott is an International City Management Association certified city manager and a founding member of the City County Communications & Marketing Association, an organization for local governments that are innovating new and better ways of communicating with their citizens.

He has been active in various community and civic activities such as coaching youth sports; mentoring in the Los Angeles Unified School District MISTER program in south-central Los Angeles for five years; hosting NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) competitions in two cities; working on Weed & Seed neighborhood programs; and participating in Project Redwood, a social entrepreneurship program initiated by the Stanford Business School Class of 1980.

Scott also taught an “Entrepreneurial Government” course in the Clemson University Master of Public Administration program.

Scott attended Fresno Unified School District schools and graduated from Fresno High School. He also has a master of business administration degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from California State University, Fresno. He and Carol, his wife of 36 years, have two children.

Scott’s parents, Gordon and Carol Scott, live in Fresno.

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