City Manager's Office

City ManagerCrystal Dyches 2021J. Crystal Dyches


Crystal Dyches was appointed as the City Manager by the El Mirage City Council in June 2018. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City, implements City Council policies and is responsible for managing 11 departments, 196 employees and an annual operating and capital improvement budget of $85-93 million.  

Dyches 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.

Career achievements include: oversight of the Master Plan Design and Phase I Construction at the iconic Horseshoe Bend overlook (in partnership with the National Park Service and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area representatives), the completion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Conveyance System expansion, and an adaptive reuse project transforming an existing retail building into a public safety facility in Waseca. 

Dyches 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.

Dyches is the proud mother of a 14-year-old son.  She and her husband, Mark, make their home in El Mirage.