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Mark Israelson Biography

Mark D. Israelson is the City Manager for the City of Plano,Texas (pop. 284,070) and was appointed to the position on May 1, 2019. As Chief Administrative and Executive Officer for the City of Plano, Mr. Israelson is responsible for the daily operations of the City. He oversees a city containing $2.5 billion in assets, 2,359 full-time employees, 867 part-time/temporary employees, a total combined budget for FY 2018/2019 of $578 million, and a General Fund budget of $317 million with a Capital Improvement Program budget of $195 million. 

Mark joined the City of Plano in 1999 as a Budget Analyst and has held the positions of Assistant to the City Manager, Director of Customer & Utility Services, Director of Policy & Government Relations, and Assistant City Manager. In the Spring of 2015, the City of Plano loaned Mark to the City of Kilgore to serve as Interim City Manager where he functioned as the Chief Administrative and Chief Executive Officer. Mark was subsequently appointed Deputy City Manager for the City of Plano in July 2016. 

Mark is an active member of International City Management Association, Texas City Management Association, North Texas City Management Association, and is a lifetime member of the University of North Texas Alumni Association.  

He is a graduate of the City’s Management Preparation Program Class 2003, Leadership ICMA Class 2007, Leadership Plano Class 22, and Leadership North Texas Class 5. Mark was recognized as one of 21 leaders for the 21st century by Collin County Business Press, was the recipient of the 2009 Joy Sansom mentor award, and the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus for the University of North Texas Public Administration program.

He earned undergraduate and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Texas. He and his wife Maile are avid runners, enjoy traveling, and spending time with their kids Mason, Carter, Brandon and Hailey.