At tonight’s special meeting of the Garden Grove City Council, the City Council concluded a five-month nationwide search by unanimously appointing Scott C. Stiles as the new city manager. Stiles, a former assistant city manager for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, officially begins his city manager position with the City of Garden Grove on Monday, August 3, 2015.
“I want to thank the Mayor and members of the City Council for offering me this incredible opportunity to serve as Garden Grove’s city manager. My family and I are thrilled to join such a diverse and progressive community,” says Stiles.
A Cincinnati native, Stiles has 26 years of municipal management experience with the City of Cincinnati, serving as assistant city manager for the last eight years. Prior to assistant city manager, Stiles served as interim city manager, assistant to the city manager, real estate manager, and assistant legal administrator. He began his early career as a community relations representative for the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.
Mayor Bao Nguyen points to Stiles’ professionalism, principles, and goals as reasons for his decision.
"We are confident in our selection of Scott Stiles as our new city manager. Scott's professional experience, passion for public service, and ethics makes him a good fit for Garden Grove. His sincere enthusiasm and eagerness to better serve our community will help us take our city forward," says Mayor Nguyen.
The permanent city manager recruitment began in January 2015, closing in March with a total of 47 applicants. The City hired the recruitment firm of CPS HR to conduct the recruitment. The recruitment firm narrowed the field down to 20, then eight, then four final candidates. The finalists were interviewed by the full City Council during closed session of the May 26, 2015 regular City Council meeting.
Included in Stiles’ extensive list of accomplishments is leading the City of Cincinnati through an involved political transition period following the election of a new Mayor and newly-elected City Council.
The new city manager reflects on what are the most important qualities he brings to Garden Grove.
“I have never forgotten that citizens are why we exist in local government. I have always focused on effectively delivering the basics for our community, encouraging innovation in order to achieve excellence, and building a mentality that we must be ‘in this together’ in order to collaborate internally and compete externally.”
Stiles holds a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Geography from South Dakota State University. He is married and has two daughters.