Steven G. McHarris
Steve McHarris has over three decades of public service experience under his belt. In 2018, he held a prior role with the City of Milpitas as Deputy City Manager overseeing the operations of three departments: Building Safety and Housing, Planning and Economic Development. A city planning industry veteran, Steve has vast knowledge and expertise in building stronger economies and better communities. This has helped him advance into notable senior leadership roles with the cities of Fremont, Soledad, Atascadero, Milpitas and San Jose. At one point in his career, Steve was an elected Town Councilmember in the County of San Luis Obispo.
As the City’s chief executive, Steve is responsible for bridging the divide between politics and administration. He supervises all City staff and carries out City Council laws that impact the daily lives of the Milpitas community. Steve’s work has not only helped revitalize cities, his efforts have been recognized through award-winning planning efforts, including visioning plans for Milpitas that received Bay Area, state and national distinction by the American Planning Association.
A graduate of California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, he holds a master’s degree in public administration/urban planning from California State University Fullerton and is an American Institute of Certified Planning (AICP) certified planner. Steve also completed the Senior Executives in State & Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School.