Executive Team

Crystal Dyches, City Manager Crystal Dyches 2021

Crystal Dyches was appointed as the City Manager by the El Mirage City Council in June 2018, and has more than two decades of experience in local government. Prior to El Mirage, she served as the City Manager in Page, Arizona, and Waseca, Minnesota, and as the City Administrator in St. Charles, Minnesota. Dyches also worked as the Neighborhood Programs Administrator in Chandler and as a Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator and Management Assistant II for the City of Mesa.

Throughout Dyches' career, she has focused on developing partnerships and establishing community relationships, increasing transparency and community engagement in decision making and implementing responsible stewardship of resources. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Robert Nilles, Finance DirectorDeputy City Manager

Robert Nilles was originally hired by the City as the Finance Director/CFO in 2009 and was promoted to Deputy City Manager in 2015. Robert works directly with the Public Works, Development Services, Information Technology, and Finance departments as well as the Management and Budget, Economic Development, and Community Services divisions.

Prior to joining El Mirage, Robert was the Finance Director/CFO for the City of Surprise for 12 years.  Robert has held various finance positions with the Town of Payson and the City of Flagstaff dating back to 1992. In addition, Robert was Chief Deputy Treasurer for Coconino County. Robert has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Department Directors

Tom Bacome, Information Technology Director

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Jorge Gastelum, Community Services Director

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Dawn Kurek, Human Resources Director

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Michael Long, Fire Chief

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Paul Marzocca, Police Chief

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Nick Russo, Public Works Director

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