Mark Israelson, ICMA-CM, is the Deputy City Manager - Community Services. He is responsible for the coordination and management of the Animal Services, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Sustainability, Fire-Rescue, Library Services, Parks and Recreation - Convention and Tourism, Police and Public Safety Communications functions of the city.
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 and Utility Services, Assistant City Manager/Director of Customer and Utility Services, Director of Policy and 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 served as the Chief Administrative and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Kilgore.
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 is an avid runner, enjoys traveling with his wife Maile, and attending the youth sports events of his sons, Carter and Mason.