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Escondido names next city manager

ESCONDIDO — The City Council has selected Assistant City Manager Graham Mitchell to replace Clay Phillips as city manager upon Phillips’ retirement Dec. 18.

In making the announcement during Wednesday’s council meeting, Mayor Sam Abed expressed confidence in Mitchell’s abilities, saying, “Graham has a proven track record of city management experience and a solid understanding of the issues facing the city and the region. I am confident he will serve Escondido well.”

Mitchell has been the assistant city manager in Escondido since June 2015. He previously was city manager in Lemon Grove for 12 years. Prior to that he was city manager for three years in Farmersville, Calif. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University.

The details of Mitchell’s compensation have not yet been finalized.