Lake Elsinore Fills Two Key Vacancies

The City of Lake Elsinore announced the hiring of a new community development director last week, filling a vacancy which had persisted for more than two years. Grant Taylor will oversee planning, building and safety, and code enforcement—duties he previously performed as director of community development for the City of San Juan Capistrano. “He’s a real service-oriented professional that cares about the community and wants to move the community in a positive direction,” said Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and played basketball for the Portland Trailblazers prior to his career in public service. He was one of 60 candidates who applied for the job

In addition to Taylor’s appointment, Yates also named Nicole Dailey as the city’s new management analyst. Dailey is a former member of the Lake Elsinore Public Safety Advisory Commission and, like Taylor, a local resident. She has nearly a decade’s worth of public relations and communications experience, having most recently worked as a Communications Officer for the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association, and will assist Yates with various programs and projects. Dailey graduated from San Diego State University and is currently working on a Master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine. She beat out 80 other candidates for the position. h

Like Taylor, Dailey’s appointment has been a long time coming. The management analyst post has been vacant since 2011. Former City Manager Bob Brady had held off on the hiring of a new analyst due to budget concerns. But Yates, who took over in November, has made re-staffing a top priority. Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee has embraced that decision. “Both of these positions are critical for the City and will be an integral part of helping the City become the ultimate lake destination where our residents can live, work, play, build futures and fulfill dreams,” Magee said. 

Taylor and Dailey will earn annual salaries of $134,000 and $86,000 respectively. 

Read more about Lake Elsinore’s new appointees here.  

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