Jim Desmond

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Jim Desmond New BigMayor

Term Expires: November 2018

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Jim Desmond was elected as mayor of San Marcos in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014.   Prior to his mayoral election, Desmond served on the San Marcos City Council since November 2004. 

In addition to his mayoral duties, Desmond serves as the city's primary representative on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and is the chair of the SANDAG Regional Transportation Committee.  Mayor Desmond also serves as chair of the San Marcos Fire Protection District. Since 2007, he has represented the North County Inland Cities (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and Poway) as a board Member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Desmond’s city service started in 2000 as president of the board of San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC) until 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Desmond served as an alternate on the city's Planning Commission.

Mayor Desmond is a US Navy Veteran and earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.  He completed the Leadership North County program at California State University San Marcos. 

A dedicated resident of San Marcos since 1992, Desmond was active in the community serving as the first parent teacher president of Twin Oaks Elementary School. He also served as a San Marcos Chamber of Commerce board member. Desmond remains involved and is a member of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scouts of America.

Mayor Desmond has been employed by Delta Air Lines since 1986 where he currently works  as a captain flying the Boeing 757s and 767s. He previously founded, managed and sold a technical writing company called Technical Standards, Inc. 

Mayor Jim Desmond and his wife Kerri of 32 years currently live in San Marcos and have two grown children.

Election History

Appointed Mayor, 2014
Re-Elected as Mayor, November 2010
Elected as Mayor, November 2006
Elected to City Council, November 2004