OCEANSIDE — After five years of serving the city of Oceanside, Jonathan Borrego has been officially promoted to the city manager role.
The Oceanside City Council on Aug. 24 approved Borrego’s promotion, who served as the interim city manager since former City Manager Deanna Lorson resigned in March.
The city first hired Borrego in 2017 as the director of Development Services. The department includes the Planning, Building, Engineering and Code Enforcement Divisions.
Borrego was then promoted to the deputy city manager by Lorson in 2019 while serving as the development services director. This put him in charge of general oversight of Development Services, Public Works and the Economic Development Divisions.
Before Oceanside, Borrego worked as a city planner for the city of Anaheim for nearly 30 years, beginning as an entry-level planner and working his way up to Planning Division manager.
Borrego has a bachelor’s degree in political sciences and a master’s degree in public administration, both from California State University Long Beach. He grew up in Ventura County but spent much time in San Diego County, including Oceanside, during the summers and holidays with relatives in the area.
“It’s been a true privilege working for the City of Oceanside,” Borrego told The Coast News. “I love everything about the city, including its people and places.”
Borrego praised the city staff for its dedication to serving the needs of both residents and visitors.
“Many of our employees have deep roots in the community, and their passion for making Oceanside the best it can be certainly shows in their day-to-day work,” Borrego said. “I’ve especially enjoyed meeting many long-time residents and business owners who are always more than willing to share their history, stories and thoughts on how to improve the community.”
As city manager, Borrego pledges to ensure his team is responsive to the needs of Oceanside’s diverse community while ensuring City Hall remains open and accessible to everyone. He looks forward to the city’s future and his role here.
“Oceanside has a vibrant and promising future, and I am thankful to play a part in it,” Borrego said.