For over 25 years, Joe has served his community as a church pastor. Joe considers it an honor to also serve the residents of Escondido as a Planning Commissioner, working to promote the right kind of development to help grow Escondido and offer more to its residents.
As an Escondido Police Department Chaplain for over 13 years, Joe has had the privilege to serve Escondido in moments of tragedy and crisis. Joe works with a wonderful team of chaplains that have been honored by Chief Craig Carter with the “Chief’s Special Recognition Award.” Joe is the recipient of the 2014 “Volunteer of the Year Award” from the Escondido Police Department.
Escondido has truly been a “City of Choice” for the Garcia family. This is the city that Joe and his wife Maria chose to raise their three children in. Joe’s two oldest, Heather and Joseph, graduated from Escondido Charter High School where they received a top‐notch education. Joe’s youngest, Rebekah graduated from Classical Academy High School, also in Escondido. Joe has been a resident of Escondido for over 20 years.
Joe is the proud father of his three children - Heather, Joseph, and Rebekah. All three of Joe's children were born and raised in District 3, each graduating from Escondido schools. Heather is a college graduate and starting a Masters program at the London School of Economics. Joseph is a graduate of Yale, has a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics, and is starting a second Masters program at Columbia University. Joe's youngest, Rebekah, is starting her Senior Year at Point Loma Nazarene University.