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City Manager's Office


Mark Scott
City Manager 
E: Scott_Ma@SBCity.org
P: (909) 384-5122
F: (909) 384-5138

300 N. "D" Street, 6th Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92418

A message from the City Manager:

I was new to the Inland Empire last year when I assumed the City Manager position.  I found a city full of warm, welcoming people who have deep loyalty and affection for the community -- whether they grew up here or moved here later. While our community's challenges are well documented, I am in touch daily with citizens who care about each other and are driven by pride in their hometown.  Each of you inspires me to do my best as City Manager.  

I am blessed to work with talented City staff teammates who are dedicating their careers to serving San Bernardino.  With our upcoming exit from bankruptcy, and supported by passage of a modern City Charter, I feel confident that the City's Recovery Plan will move forward positively.  

I consider it a privilege to serve as City Manager and to reside here.  I thank our dedicated Mayor and City Council for giving me the opportunity to pursue our collective mission.  We all seek the public's support and participation in pursuing our mutual goals.  

At City Hall, we share a common message -- the City of San Bernardino is back!  We honor the residents and businesses who have stuck with us through tough times. And, we welcome new residents and new investors with the announcement that, "We are open for business! There are great opportunities here in this community we love."  

~ Mark Scott


Mark Scott has worked in the city management profession for more than 40 years, including 27 years as a city manager in six cities. Prior to San Bernardino, he most recently served as city manager in Burbank, California. He has also been city manager in his hometown of Fresno, California; Culver City, California; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Beverly Hills, California, where he worked for 20 years, including 14 as city manager. He was the longest tenured city manager in Beverly Hills’ history.

Mr. Scott received a B.A. degree in political science from Fresno State University, and an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Following graduation from Stanford, he worked for American Airlines in Dallas/Ft. Worth during the airline deregulation period from 1980-1983. Among other assignments, he was Marketing Manager for the AAdvantage Frequent Flyer program when it was first introduced.

Professionally, Mr. Scott is a long-time member of the International City Management Association (ICMA), a former officer in the League of California Cities City Managers’ Department, and was a founding member of the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). He has served in various other professional and civic capacities.

Mark has been married to Carol Scott for 43 years. Mrs. Scott has worked on children’s education and women’s advocacy programs throughout the country. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. The Scotts have two grown children.

What does the City Manager do?

In the 2016 general election, City of San Bernardino voters approved a new city charter providing for a Council-Manager form of government. Under this governance plan, which is common to most California cities, the elected Mayor and City Council appoints a full-time professional City Manager responsible for the day-to-day administration of city government. The City Manager’s Office provides overall management and supervision of designated city departments. The City Manager is the appointing authority and supervisor for most of the city’s department heads. 

The Mayor and City Council (the legislative branch) are responsible for setting City policy and allocating resources. The City Manager and staff (the executive branch) are tasked with recommending policy and implementing the Mayor and Council’s direction. The city departments which report to the City Manager include: Police, Community Development, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Information Technology and Human Resources. The City Manager’s Office also includes staff involved in Economic Development, Communications, Housing and Successor Agency activity.

A City Manager works directly for the entire City Council and receives direction only from the full body, acting by majority vote, conducted at a publicly noticed meeting.


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