What six projects are priorities for McKinney City Manager Paul Grimes?

CoCo Good talks with City Manager Paul Grimes about a host of topics going on in McKinney right now, such as: Council Priorities for 2017, the upcoming election cycle, McKinney’s budget, downtown parking, and more …

So, Paul Grimes became the City Manager for McKinney, Texas (pop. 160,000) on Aug. 1, 2016. Paul reports to a seven-member city council, and he serves as the chief executive officer for the municipal organization, providing executive direction to over 1,000 city employees across 17 operating departments and divisions.

Before joining McKinney, Paul served as the Village Manager for the Village of Orland Park, Illinois (pop. 58,000) since June 2008. While in Orland Park, Paul ushered forward various high-profile development, transportation and infrastructure projects, a AA+ credit rating, and a 95% citizen satisfaction. Under Paul’s tenure, Orland Park became the first public body in Illinois to earn a 100% score on the Illinois Policy Institute’s “Transparency Index.”

Grimes formerly served as the Director of Administration with the City of Cranston, Rhode Island (pop. 80,000). Reporting directly to the Mayor, he was responsible for managing all administrative and operational aspects of the city.

Grimes was Vice President with Alsace Development International (ADI), an international foreign direct investment agency, where he was responsible for leading trade, investment and other economic development initiatives between North America and the Eastern region of France. Before joining ADI, Paul was Strategic Planning Analyst with the City of Anaheim, California.

Grimes served as both an officer and an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a B.A. in history and political science from Purdue University. Paul is also an alum of the Senior Executive Institute for Local Government Professionals at the University of Virginia and is credentialed with the International City-County Management Association (ICMA).

CoCo Good has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of strategic communications and marketing. CoCo became McKinney’s first Communications and Marketing Director in 2004. She has created an up-to-date brand image for McKinney and has built and leads a multi-functional team to ensure effective communication across multiple genres. CoCo spearheaded the effort to launch the brand: McKinney, Texas, Unique by Nature, emphasizing McKinney’s natural assets and uniqueness. National media has taken notice. Amongst a host of national accolades, McKinney was recently ranked #1 on the Best Places to Live in America list published by Money Magazine.

Previously, CoCo Good was Global Communications and Marketing Manager at EDS (now HP). She provided external and internal communications strategies and counsel for senior executives and executed marketing programs across more than 40 countries. Before that she managed state and national accounts at a PR / advertising agency and served as a freelance speechwriter for corporate executives.

CoCo Good earned a bachelor’s degree in PR / journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She is nationally published, is a frequent speaker and has won more than 75 state, regional and national awards.

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