San Marcos City Organizational Structure

City of San Marcos Organizational Structure

City Council

The 5-member City Council are elected officials, voted in by citizens of San Marcos. City Council functions as a legislative body, proposing bills, holding votes, and passing laws, ordinances and resolutions to help govern the city. City Council sets the direction for the city, City Staff carries out the plan. Learn More about San Marcos City Council.


City Manager

The city manager serves as the chief executive officer of the City and is appointed by the City Council. Responsibilities include: preparation and submission of the annual city budget, capital improvement program, and directing the provision of police, public works/engineering, planning, building, housing, economic development, redevelopment, finance, human resources, and parks and recreation of the City. Learn More about the San Marcos City Manager. View Job Description.

San Marcos City-Manager

Law Enforcement

The City of San Marcos contracts with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services. San Marcos historically has had one of the largest sheriff’s contracts in the county, which has ultimately resulted in a lower crime rate for the City. Learn More.

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Development Services / Deputy City Manager

Development Services coordinates development activity within the City of San Marcos to ensure the planned orderly growth of the City. Additional responsibilities include program management of code enforcement, affordable housing, the lighting and landscape Districts, the Community Facility Districts and assistance to the city manager’s office and redevelopment agency in the area of economic development. View Job Description.

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City Clerk

The city clerk maintains and protects all vital, permanent and historic records of the City through a Citywide records management program; accurately records City Council proceedings and actions; maintains its legislative history; coordinates the annual commissions recruitment process; updates and maintains the City’s municipal code; administers all general, municipal and special elections; administers regulations relating to the Fair Political Practices Commission; and maintains business licenses and various other regulatory licenses and permits. View Job Description.

San Marcos City Clerk

Public Works Engineering / City Engineer

The engineering division of public works administers all aspects of engineering and construction inspection activities relating to current development and capital improvement programs (CIP).

The current development section is responsible for the City’s engineering review of private sector development projects in the City, administration of community facility districts, and traffic, bridge, flood control, street lighting and traffic signal facilities. This section also supervises consulting contract agreements for plan checking and public facilities planning and provides staff resources to the traffic safety commission and planning commission.

The capital improvement section is responsible for the site design, document preparation and construction management and inspection of capital projects. These projects include streets, traffic control devices, bridges, flood control, street lighting, park development and City facilities. View Job Description.


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Public Works Operations / City Engineer

The operations division of the public works department oversees construction inspection and maintenance of City parks, landscape, streets, drainage and lighting. Public works administration is responsible for overall department budgeting, planning and strategic leadership; the department-wide safety program and monthly training; asset management; and department contract management. Learn More.

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Human Resources / Risk Division Director

The Human Resources and Risk Department is a collaborative team of professionals dedicated to supporting all City programs and departments. Learn More. Read Job Description.

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Finance Director / Risk Division Director

The finance department is responsible for managing the City’s financial operations in accordance with fiscal and accounting policies. Primary responsibilities include cash and investments management under the direction of the City Treasurer, financial reporting, coordination of the annual financial audit, preparation of the annual operating and capital improvement budget, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, central cashiering and administration of all City funds and accounts. Additionally, the department administers all of the City’s assessment and community facilities districts and related bond issues. Learn More. Read Job Description.


Fire Chief

The San Marcos Fire Department is a full-service department. The fire department provides service to the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Protection District, which covers an area of 33 square miles and a population of approximately 95,000 residents. Learn More. Read Job Description.

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Housing and Neighborhood Services

The housing and neighborhood services division manages the City’s housing programs, code enforcement, crime prevention, solid waste disposal and recycling programs. Learn More. Read Job Description.

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Community Services Director

The San Marcos Community Services Department provides recreational activities for all ages. Programs include preschoolers and youth day camps; sports, senior services, enrichment classes, special events, cultural and performing arts, aquatics, hikes and nature center activities. Learn More. Read Job Description.

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Real Property Services

The real property services division has as its mission to effectively manage the City’s extensive real property and leasing interests through professional property management and facilities maintenance practices.

Real property services assists with the community’s short and long-term needs by providing significant non-tax revenue to the City’s general fund. The City’s leasing portfolio currently represents the second largest source of income for the City and the largest source of non-tax revenue. Learn More. Read Job Description.

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