FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621
Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips informed the City Council today of his plans to retire this December. His last day will be December 18, 2015. In his letter of resignation to the City Council, Mr. Phillips noted, “It has been my pleasure and my privilege to have served you, our employees and the residents of Escondido for nearly 30 years and as your City Manager for the last 12.”
Mayor Sam Abed expressed appreciation for Mr. Phillips’ service, saying, “Clay has been the longest tenured City Manager in Escondido’s history and a great leader for the City. His strong financial expertise and management skills steered Escondido through economic downturns to financial stability and economic growth. His contributions to make Escondido a better city are greatly appreciated.”
Mr. Phillips began his career with the City of Escondido in January 1986 as Director of Finance. In 1993 he was promoted to the position of Director of Financial and Administrative Services. He was promoted to the position of Deputy City Manager in 1997 a position he held until 2003 when became City Manager. Prior to working for the city of Escondido, Mr. Phillips was the Deputy Finance Officer for the City of Irvine from 1983 to 1986. He also served as an Accountant for the City of Santa Ana from 1980 to 1983.