Paul Grimes became the City Manager for McKinney, Texas (pop. 180,000) on Aug. 1, 2016. Grimes 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.
Since joining McKinney, Grimes has presided over a city organization that is managing the third-fastest growing city in the U.S. In 2017, the city issued over 2,600 residential housing permits, and the city has been experiencing a population growth rate of about 8,000 new residents each year.
Prior to joining McKinney, Grimes served as the Village Manager for the Village of Orland Park, Illinois (pop. 58,000) since June 2008. While in Orland Park, Grimes ushered forward various high-profile development, transportation and infrastructure projects, a AA+ credit rating and 95% citizen satisfaction.
Mr. 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.
Previously, 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. Prior to joining ADI, Mr. Grimes was Strategic Planning Analyst with the City of Anaheim, California.
Mr. Grimes served as both an officer and enlisted 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. Grimes 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).