Before launching his career as a Fire Chief and public official in Encinitas, CA, Mark Muir received an Associate of Science in Fire Science from Miramar College and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Planning from The Union Institute. Muir has also completed a number of certification programs outside the university setting, including the California Special District Association Governance Certificate and Teaching Credential as a Fire Service Master Instructor. After a long career as a Firefighter, Fire Captain, and Division Chief, Muir became the Fire Chief of the City of Del Mar, the City of Solana, and the City of Encinitas. Today, Mark Muir serves as a Member of the City Council of Encinitas, CA, a position he has held since November 2011. In this role, he works closely with fellow council members to approve programs, amend capital and financial improvement plans, approve expenditures and payments, and establish targeted goals and objectives. In addition to hiring positions such as City Manager and City Attorney, he provides direction to members of the city administration and evaluates existing municipal programs. Hoping to retain his City Council position, Muir recently launched his campaign for the fall 2012 election. In recent years, Mark Muir earned an appointment to the Encina Wastewater Authority and the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority. In this capacity, he advocates for the reuse of water in San Diego County and the reduction of wastewater discharges to the ocean. Muir also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Dieguito Water District, a position he accepted after more than 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. He has served on a number of boards throughout his career, including the San Diego Fire Safe Council, the North County Fire Chiefs, and the San Diego Association of Governments.