City Manager

Mark Scott, City Manager
100 Civic Center Mall
Indio, CA. 92201

As with most California cities, the City of Indio’s municipal government operates under the City Council-Manager form of government.  The City Council appoints and supervises a City Manager, who serves as the full-time Chief Executive Officer of the City and Executive Director of the Indio Water Authority.  The City Manager serves as policy and financial advisor to the City Council, prepares the annual budget and implements Council goals and objectives.  His primary responsibility is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City by working closely with the City’s Executive Team in provision of services relating to public safety, community development, public works and utilities, parks and trails, economic development and support services. 


Message from the City Manager

Dear Neighbors,

I am so proud to have served as Indio’s City Manager during the last 3+ years, just as my wife and I are proud to be residents of this very welcoming community.  I have been in the city management business now for more than 40 years, but only a little more than 2 years here in Indio.  It was my privilege to join this team 2 years ago, and as the months have gone by, I realize how lucky I am to be here.  First, I get to work with a remarkably talented and dedicated group of City co-workers.  Our City of Indio employees do community service from their hearts.  They care and I am proud to have joined this group.

Secondly, I feel fortunate to work for this smart, highly motivated City Council.  I work for them, so perhaps I have reason to be biased, but the facts support me.  This Council makes thoughtful policy decisions, they listen to our public, and they treat people with respect.  Come to one of our meetings and see them in action. 

And finally, I am so grateful for the chance to work with our very deserving and supportive community.  We have a great corps of City volunteers, commissioners, civic participants, etc.  And the vast majority of our residents support us merely by being good neighbors to one another.  There is a very strong community ethic in Indio.  We care about one another and it shows.

This is an exciting time to be in Indio.  We are a town full of opportunity.  It is a great time for people to “invest” in Indio – as a place for a home, or a business, or simply for a good financial return!  As a City official in a community with this upside, I truly feel a tremendous responsibility to all of you who choose to make your commitment here.  We want to continue bringing economic development here.  We want to generate good jobs, nurturing neighborhoods and great quality of life.  We hear your requests for growth and progress, but also your appeals that we not sacrifice the character and quality that has made Indio special for decades.  We pledge to you to do our best.  We are working hard to meet you expectations and to create great memories for your families!

Please feel free to send me an email if you have questions, suggestions or just want to talk.  I will respond.



Mark Scott
City Manager


Mark Scott's Biography

Mark Scott was appointed on December 6, 2017, as City Manager by the Indio City Council.  Mr. Scott has worked in the city management field for 40+ years, having previously served as City Manager in the California cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, his hometown of Fresno, Burbank, San Bernardino, and in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He was the longest tenured City Manager in Beverly Hills history (14 years).  Mark came to Indio from a 19-month assignment in San Bernardino helping that City’s team exit bankruptcy.

Mr. Scott has an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA degree from California State University, Fresno.  Following graduation from Stanford, and during the airline deregulation process, he worked as Manager of Marketing Planning at the Dallas/Ft. Worth headquarters of American Airlines, involved in the initial roll-out of the AAdvantage Frequent Flyer program.   Mark is a 40-year member of the International City Management Association (ICMA), was a founding member of the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), and has served as an officer of the League of California Cities City Managers’ Department. 

Mark has been married to Carol E. Scott for 46 years, and they have two grown children, Melinda and Matthew.  Carol is the CEO of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, located in Rancho Mirage, and is active in nonprofit, educational and civic associations both in and out of the Coachella Valley.


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