McKINNEY (May 17, 2016) — At the regular meeting, the McKinney City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Paul Grimes as City Manager for the City of McKinney. Grimes begins his service Monday, Aug. 1.
“Mr. Grimes brings the perfect blend of municipal experience and creative leadership to the City of McKinney,” Mayor Brian Loughmiller said. “We believe residents and employees will find him approachable and collaborative as he leads our city into a new chapter of continued growth and development. The Council and I are excited to welcome Mr. Grimes and his family to McKinney.”
Prior to his appointment as City Manager of McKinney, Grimes served for eight years as Village Manager for Orland Park, Ill. He successfully negotiated land acquisition and redevelopment agreements in Orland Park’s downtown Main Street revitalization. During his tenure, Orland Park maintained a citizen satisfaction rating of 95 percent and was also the first public entity in Illinois to gain a transparency rating of 100 percent from the Illinois Policy Institute.
“We are encouraged by his commitment to ethics and transparency within Orland Park and look forward to continuing to build upon the Council’s goal to maintain a more open government here in McKinney. He’ll be a great fit in our community,” Mayor Loughmiller said.
Grimes also served as the Director of Administration with the City of Cranston, R.I., a position equivalent to a City Manager. In addition to his governmental employment, he has served in the private sector in healthcare, economic development and as an officer in the U.S. Navy. A graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, Grimes received his Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to work for the City of McKinney. I’m impressed by the community’s commitment to a high quality of life in the midst of such rapid growth, and look forward to promoting economic development while maintaining fiscal and environmental sustainability,” said Grimes. “I also look forward to working with the City Council, staff, the citizens and local business owners in achieving these goals. McKinney has a bright future, and I’m honored to be part of it.”
Interim City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck, who has served since May 2014, will stay at the City of McKinney until Grimes begins.
“The Council and I also want to express our deepest appreciation for the leadership of our Interim City Manager, Mr. Muehlenbeck,” said Mayor Loughmiller. “We’ve had a lot of progress made under his brief tenure and are thankful for the stability he brought our city while we’ve been able to conduct a thorough nationwide search for the right candidate. Thank you to the entire staff of the City of McKinney for their hard work during this transition period. Because of your commitment to excellent service, we have accomplished some exciting milestones during this time.”
The city conducted a nationwide search with Ralph Andersen & Associates, an executive recruiting firm. Resident feedback was used in the search following a public input meeting held in February and a meet and greet with the finalists earlier this month.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.