Scott Mitnick

KNN Public Finance

Scott has three decades of public service in which he served five California local governments, with 21 years at the executive level.  He currently serves as a Director and licensed Municipal Advisor with KNN Public Finance based in Oakland, California.  KNN has a long history as one of the West Coast’s leading Municipal Advisory firms.  In his new position, Scott works closely with cities, counties, and special districts to address a wide array of financial and management needs.  In particular, he is taking a lead role in helping local governments prepare long-term financial strategic plans.

From January 2017 to March 2019 Scott served as County Administrator for Sutter County in northern California where he led and stabilized an organization of over 1,000 employees with a budget of $325 million providing an array of public services to 100,000 residents spread across 600 square miles.

Scott served as the long-time City Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County for 11 years from 2005 to 2016 where he managed more than 500 employees with a budget of over $200 million.  Thousand Oaks, with a population of 132,000, has a proud history of implementing progressive financial planning and strategic management.  He led the organization through the Great Recession of 2007-2009 with minimal public service impacts (even while reducing the workforce by over 100 employees). 

In the early 2000s, he developed and implemented one of California’s first multi-year Financial Strategic Plan documents which was used to weather the Great Recession and ensure long-term financial stability.  On his watch, Thousand Oaks maintained very healthy reserves and obtained an implied General Fund AAA bond rating.  He previously served as Thousand Oaks Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager from 2000 to 2005.

Other prior local government positions included:  Yuba City Administrative Services Director (1996–1999), Burbank Budget Officer (1994-1996), Burbank Assistant to the City Manager (1992-1994), Burbank Financial Analyst/Budget Analyst (1989–1992), and Brea Budget Analyst (1987-1988).

Throughout his career, Scott has been actively involved in promoting good government and sound financial management, including authoring articles, editing financial books/articles, and serving as a guest lecturer to university classes at Chinese universities, UCLA, USC, Syracuse University, Bristol University (England), CSUN, CSUF, CLU, and University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

He obtained his Master of Public Administration (State and Local Government Public Finance Concentration) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors from California State University, Fullerton.  He spent his junior year studying Political Philosophy at Bristol University in England. 

Scott is married to Mia (a former public elementary school teacher) and has twin 18 year-old boys (Matthew and Michael) who are in their freshman year at University of Wisconsin, Madison and University of Washington, Seattle.