by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Passionate About the Community

For Jack Griffin, the job of city manager for San Marcos is a perfect fit. Jack, his wife of 26 years Ginny and their daughter Shay moved to San Diego County in 2000. Jack worked in Chula Vista at the time, but visited San Marcos on several occasions and was impressed by the community as a whole and how the city government functioned. “In 2009, I took the job of city manager for Sebastopol in Sonoma County. We liked Northern California, but we realized after a few years that we would prefer to be back in the San Diego area. I saw in early 2012 that San Marcos was going to be hiring a new city manager and knew that was the job for me,” revealed Jack.

faces_griffin_2As city manager, Jack takes pride in working on and completing projects that improve the community, both in obvious ways and behind-the-scenes. From parks to highly maintained streets and responsive public safety services, Jack is committed to making San Marcos a well-functioning city that residents are proud to call home. “I’m proud of the determination and desire of our city staff to deliver great services to the public. We try to be as customer service-driven as possible,” stated Jack, who added that it is rewarding to meet and exceed the service expectations of San Marcos residents. He and the city staff are excited to continue to guide San Marcos from a “growth” city to a more mature and maintenance-focused city.

Throughout Jack’s career, he has served on various volunteer boards and committees and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to make a difference within the communities he serves. Currently, he is a member of the advisory council for the San Marcos Boys & Girls Club. “San Marcos is blessed by the amazing work the Boys & Girls Club does, and I’m proud to be a supporter,” said Jack.
In his spare time, Jack can often be found cheering on Shay as she competes with the Mission Hills High School surf, water polo, and swim teams. He also enjoys working on home improvement projects, and going to concerts and hockey games. “Our family is so happy that professional hockey came back to San Diego. We have season tickets to the Gulls and loved watching their great first season back in town,” related Jack.


Name: Jack Griffin
Profession: City Manager
Community: San Marcos since 2012
Hobbies & Interests: Gardening, hockey, wine
Favorite Local Spots: Churchill’s Double Peak, any beach, my struggling vineyard

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