Vista, CA — Mike Pacheco has been appointed to the position of Recreation & Community Services Director for the City of Vista. Investing in the city’s parks, recreation, and community services are a top focus for the City as it continues to expand and renovate its parks, recreation-related facilities, and programming and activities.
“I was extremely impressed with Mike’s depth and knowledge. He brings a wealth of experience in the field of parks and recreation that matches the needs of our organization,” said City Manager Patrick Johnson. “His enthusiasm, drive, and experience are what the city needs to elevate and lead our Recreation and Community Services Department after two years of limited services due to the pandemic. With his broad skill base and experience, he will be a vital member of the leadership team in helping the city meet the needs of the community now and into the future. We are fortunate and excited to have him join the team.”
Pacheco, who will assume his new role May 16, has over twenty-five years of experience in local government leadership, including division management, policy development, and staff management. As Recreation & Community Services Director, Pacheco will oversee a broad range of programs and services that promote health and fitness, support local seniors and community services, build a strong sense of community, and encourage lifelong recreational opportunities for all who live, work and play in Vista.
“I am thrilled about this opportunity to lead the recreation and community services department,” said Mike Pacheco. “I have admired the department’s excellent reputation over the years, and have a strong, positive working relationship with many of the team members due to the professional ties between the neighboring cities. I am looking forward to working with the team in helping move Vista forward on its path to excellence in the community. Parks and recreation enhance quality of life and help build strong communities and I’ve always been passionate about parks and recreation. It’s impressive that Vista has everything in its own backyard, all of which I am familiar with: a waterpark, award-winning Amphitheatre, recreational opportunities, and many beautiful parks and trails.”
Before taking this position, Pacheco served as the Recreation Services Manager at the City of Carlsbad. Prior to this role, he served the cities of La Mesa, Poway, and Encinitas. Pacheco holds a B.A. in Criminology and Communications from the University of New Mexico and is a Certified Park & Recreation Professional (CPRP).
Pacheco lives in North County with his wife and two sons.