City of Mission Viejo logoLongtime Mission Viejo employee Elaine Lister has been named the new city manager.

Elaine’s contract was unanimously approved at last Tuesday’s Council meeting. She will take the reins from retiring City Manager Dennis Wilberg, who has provided Mission Viejo with more than 20 years of monumental service as city manager and was recently recognized as “City Manager of the Year” by the ACC-OC.

Elaine begins her new post on July 6. She brings to the position a wealth of experience and passion for Mission Viejo. Elaine has served in a variety of positions with the City, serving as director of Community Development for the last 11 years and overseeing the divisions of planning and development, building and safety, economic development and code enforcement.

“Elaine comes with a great background and a great track record,” said Mayor Trish Kelley during Tuesday’s Council meeting. “This position was a very important one to the City, and I know that we are in very good hands.”

Elaine was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Glasgow.  After moving to the United States, she completed a Master’s degree in geography and urban planning from San Diego State University. Elaine is also involved in several professional organizations, including the American Planning Association, Planning Director Association of Orange County, Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Institute of Certified Planners.