Mark is a San Diego native with 40 years in public service.  He served as a firefighter 35 years, and as chief of the Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar fire departments from 2006 to 2011.  He was elected to the Encinitas City Council and is seated on the boards of the Encina Wastewater Authority, the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, County Service Area (CSA)-17, North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority, the Regional Solid Waste Association, Santa Fe Irrigation District/San Dieguito Water District Badger Water Facilities Finance Authority, and the Santa Fe Irrigation District/San Dieguito Water District Joint Facilities Advisory Committee.
Water Authority Board Vice Chair Mark Muir rejoined the Water Authority Board in January 2013 representing San Dieguito Water District.  He has served as vice chair since October 2014.  He currently sits on the Administration and Finance Committee and the Legislation, Conservation and Outreach Committee and is the Water Authority’s San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) representative.  He previously served on the Board from 2003 to 2011, representing Olivenhain Municipal Water District.  Mark is scheduled to be the next chairperson in 2016.
Mark is dedicated to protecting and preserving our local neighborhoods. He has volunteered 15 years to be a board member of two local homeowner associations.  Strong neighborhoods are places where we feel at home.   Complete neighborhoods have a variety of functional attributes that contribute to a resident's day-to-day living and high quality of life experience and expectations.
Mark has an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor’s in emergency planning, and is near completion of a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University.  His career is highlighted with many accomplishments including being named one of the top 25 leaders in the past 25 years, Community Hero by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and awarded the San Diego County Taxpayer Golden Watchdog for his leadership on the creation of the North County Fire Management Services Cooperative Agreement.
Muir resides in Encinitas with his wife, Maureen, and son, Scotland.





Over 35 years of public service as an active citizen, leader, and naïve San Diegan dedicated to
improving quality of life and community services to fellow residents. Extensive experience as a
member of numerous board of directors for many local agencies.


• 2006 – 2011; City of Encinitas, Fire Chief
• 2009 – 2011; City of Solana Beach, Fire Chief
• 2009 – 2011; City of Del Mar, Fire Chief
• Other previous assignments; Division Chief, Fire Marshal, Captain, Engineer,


• Master’s in Public Administration program – SDSU, (near completion)
• Bachelor of Science in Emergency Planning – The Union Institute
• Associate of Science in Fire Science – Miramar College
• Fire Service Master Instructor, Teaching Credential
• California Special District Association Governance Certificate
• Many National and State Certificates


• Cooperative Interagency Resource Coalition (CIRC)
• Cooperative Fire Management Service (Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach
and Del Mar)
• San Diego Regional Aquatic Lifesaving Emergency Response Taskforce
• OMWD’s bond rating has gone up four ratings from A to AA+


• November 2011 – Present; Councilmember, City of Encinitas
         Housing Authority of the City of Encinitas; Board Member
         Encinia Wastewater Authority; Representative
         San Elijo; Representative
         Regional Solid Waste Authority; Representative
         CSA-17; Representative
         North County Dispatch; Chairperson
         Board Member, San Dieguito Water District
         SFID/SDWD Joint Facilities Advisory Committee
         SFID/SDWD R.E. Badger Water Facilities Finance Authority
         San Diego County Water Authority(SDCWA); Vice Chairperson
• 2014 – 2015; Deputy Mayor
• 2010 – Present; National Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), Board Member
• 2011 – 2012; Cultural Tourism Committee; Representative
• 2011 – 2012; School District Liaison Committee; Representative
• 2009 – 2011; North County Economic Develop Council, Director
• 2006 – 2011; San Diego Fire Safe Council, Board Member
• 2006 – 2011; North County Fire Chiefs, Chairperson
• 2005 – 2011; San Diego Association of Governments, Director
• 2003 – 2011; San Diego County Water Authority, Director
• 2001 – 2011; Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Director
• Past President of California Special District Association
• Past President of Northview HOA and Sandalwood HOA located in Encinitas


• 2011 Top 25 leaders in past 25 years (25-4-25), The New Encinitas Network
• 2011 Fire Management Services, San Diego Taxpayer Golden Watchdog Award –
• 2008 Community Hero Award, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce
• 2002 CSDA Innovative Program Award for Cooperative Interagency Resource
Coalition (CIRC)
• 1994 Firefighter of the Year, Veterans of Foreign War