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City Manager's Office

Lisa L. Kim

Welcome to the City Manager’s Office webpage!

It is my deepest privilege to continue serving the City of Garden Grove as the City’s first female and AAPI city manager. Along with the duty of overseeing the daily operations of our eight City departments, are the responsibilities of carrying out the policies and directives established by our Garden Grove City Council, maintaining fiscally-sound annual budgets, and ensuring that our community is safe and well-informed, among many others.

Each day, a team of over 650 talented and dedicated City employees focus on providing essential programs and services to residents, businesses, and visitors, that range from public safety to parks and recreation.

Garden Grove is a wonderful city, filled with hometown spirit and vibrant cultural and spiritual diversity. You see it all around, from our iconic Garden Grove Strawberry Festival held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, to the colorful and bustling Little Saigon and OC Koreatown areas.

Our city offers families a nationally-recognized school district (Garden Grove Unified School District), new and upcoming housing options, outstanding restaurants, shopping areas, parks and walking trails, and other community amenities, also enjoyed by many warmly-welcomed visitors.

Our Grove District resort area, located alongside the Disney Resort, continues to grow and expand with new 4-star hotels, including a Nickelodeon Resort, coming in the near future. The Great Wolf Lodge water park resort draws crowds year

Investment in our city continues strong as businesses turn to Garden Grove to establish or expand their operations which provides new jobs, revenues, and other quality-of-life benefits to the community.

I’m thrilled to share in the excitement of Garden Grove, and thank you for being a part of it!

Lisa L. Kim
City Manager

About City Manager's Office

The mission of the City Manager's Office is to assist the City Council in establishing community goals and policies and provide leadership and direction in the administration of all City Departments and services.

The City Manager's Office is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Garden Grove City Council and coordinating those efforts through the various departments.

The City Manager's Office includes legislative support, policy implementation, budget development, strategic planning, liaison, and ombudsman services to community constituencies and legal service functions of the City.

Additionally, the office manages the City Council meeting agenda, elections, and public records. The office also monitors and responds to federal and state legislative issues, and represents the City's interests throughout the region and beyond. The City Clerk function is structured within the City Manager's Office.


The mission of the City of Garden Grove is to provide responsible leadership and quality services as we promote safety, cultural harmony, and life enrichment.


The vision of Garden Grove is to be a safe, attractive, and economically vibrant city with an informed and involved public. We are a diverse community that promotes our unique attributes and preserves our residential character.


We commit ourselves to the betterment of the individual, the organization, and the community, by fostering a spirit of trust, creativity, cooperation, integrity, empathy, respect, and quality service to all.