Canyon Lake City Council, city manager mutually agree to part ways

City Manager Nicole Dailey and the Canyon Lake City Council have mutually agreed to part ways. Photo provided by the City of Canyon Lake.

City manager Nicole Dailey, who was placed on leave last week, and the Canyon Lake City Council have mutually agreed to part ways, effective March 31, 2024, the city announced today.

Dailey assumed her role as city manager on March 1, 2023, replacing Chris Mann, who left Canyon Lake for a city manager position with the City of Yucaipa.

“We are sincerely thankful for Ms. Dailey’s dedication, hard work, and service to both the residents and staff of Canyon Lake,” Mayor Dale Welty said. “Nicole has exemplified a commendable level of integrity and professionalism. As a dedicated public servant, she has a promising future, and we extend our best wishes for her continued success.”

The city stated, “As the evolving priorities of the council moved forward, it became clear that a new direction was necessary for both the city manager’s role and the council’s vision. This mutual understanding has led to the decision that a change in leadership serves the best interest of all parties involved.”

Pictured, from left, are Councilman Jeremy Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Terry, Mayor Dale Welty, Councilwoman Kasey Castillo, and Councilwoman Jennifer Dain. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Dailey said she is profoundly grateful for the warm welcome, the opportunity provided by the council, and the unwavering support from city staff. “The city council’s innovative and forward-thinking approach is admirable, and while I have cherished my role within this vibrant community, it has become apparent that a new alignment is needed to best serve the evolving goals of Canyon Lake,” Dailey said.

Under Dailey’s leadership, the city has achieved notable milestones that include the acquisition of its first fire station, the establishment of the first collective bargaining unit, a significant increase in reserves, enhanced communication with the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association, and the implementation of policies aimed at prioritizing community service while ensuring financial sustainability.

“I have always been passionate about contributing to communities where citizens and businesses thrive and feel a sense of pride,” Dailey said. “I hold nothing but the highest hopes for the city council as they navigate this new path, and I look forward to continuing my service in public administration.”

Dailey plans to dedicate the upcoming period to her family and is excited about future opportunities to make a difference. Prior to her tenure in Canyon Lake, Dailey served the City of Lake Elsinore for nine years, culminating in her role as deputy city manager.

In Dailey’s absence, Administrative Services Director Mike Borja will be serving as acting city manager during this transition period. Borja has been employed with the city since 2016 and served as acting city manager in 2019.


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