At its meeting on Tuesday, June 4, the City Council formally appointed Steve McHarris as interim city manager for the City of Milpitas. McHarris has been serving as deputy city manager for the last year overseeing operations related to building and housing, planning, and engineering, along with economic development and related inspection activities and development services. Recognized as a community-oriented, experienced professional with strong leadership skills, McHarris was unanimously approved by Council to serve in his new role.
“With the type of projects and services that the Council will be focused on in the coming months and on the horizon, Steve’s experience and expertise grounded in planning, development and housing will serve the Council and the Milpitas community well,” said Mayor Rich Tran. “We continue to look forward to a bright future for Milpitas.”
McHarris has 30 years of public service experience, including his previous role in Milpitas as the Director of Planning and Neighborhood Services for three years until 2015, when he joined the City of San Jose as its Planning Official of the San Jose Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department. He has also held planning roles for the Cities of Fremont, Soledad and Atascadero and for the University of California, Irvine. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and California State University Fullerton, he holds a master’s degree in public administration and is an AICP certified planner.
“I want to thank the City Council for the opportunity to serve as interim city manager,” said McHarris. “It is a real honor to be able to support the Council, staff and community in this role and I look forward to advancing the Council’s priorities, goals and initiatives. We are fortunate to have a strong executive leadership team and together, we will continue to do our best for the City of Milpitas.”
McHarris’ salary was set at $298,000 annually and he will serve as interim city manager at the pleasure of the Council.