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.
Prior to 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.”
Paul 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, Paul 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.
Paul 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).