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Escondido city council appoints city manager and city attorney

Jeff Epp, confirmed last week by the city council as Escondido City Manager.

Jeffrey Epp, who has been the interim City Manager of Escondido for several weeks, and Michael McGuiness, who has been interim City Attorney for the same period, have both been confirmed in those jobs permanently.

During a closed session of the Escondido City Council last week it unanimously voted to appoint Jeffrey Epp as the Escondido City Manager and Michael McGuiness as the City Attorney.  Epp and McGuiness were serving as the Interim City Manager and Interim City Attorney respectively.

In making the announcement Mayor Sam Abed noted, “Jeff and Mike did an excellent job for the city in their interim positions. Their long-time tenure with the city and their strong relationships with the community will be a great benefit to Escondido. They are the best qualified to help the City Council to take Escondido to the next level of economic prosperity.”

Jeffrey Epp joined the City of Escondido in August of 1985. He held the titles of Deputy Attorney, Senior Attorney and Assistant City Attorney before

Newly named City Attorney Mike McGuinness.

being appointed as City Attorney in 1996.

Prior to working for the City of Escondido, Epp worked as a prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Epp obtained his undergraduate degree in political science and Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming.

Mike McGuinness started his professional career in 1987 with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office where he served in the roles as a prosecutor and then civil litigator of all types of cases. McGuinness joined the Escondido City Attorney’s Office in April 2008 as an Assistant City Attorney responsible for all litigation.

Prior to joining the City, McGuinness was an attorney with the San Diego office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, now part of the Denton’s law firm.

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