San Mateo County Manager to Retire

San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie has said he will retire by the end of 2018. That gives the Board of Supervisors a full year to find a replacement and prepare them for the job.

Maltbie has served as the county’s manager for the better part of the past three decades. He held the post from 1989 to 2008. He was asked to come out of retirement in 2011 on an interim basis. He ended up being appointed to the permanent position again in December 2012. His time in public service also includes stints as city manager of Milipitas and Glendale, AZ, as well as assistant county executive of Santa Clara County.

"The County has recovered from the Great Recession, homelessness is on the decline and together we've made great strides toward improving childhood literacy and educational outcomes for our foster youth," Maltbie said last week. He also praised voters for passing Measure K, which “gives us the ability to maintain critical services and expand on the innovation that makes this county a place we're all proud to call home.”

During Maltbie’s tenure, the county began paying down its unfunded retirement costs, revived the Parks Department, established the Office of Sustainability, and pursued efforts to expand health care and affordable housing.

"It was an honor to be asked back and I'm grateful the Board felt I still had something to contribute. I will always hold dear my time with the County and the men and women who make it so special," Maltbie said. "This time,” he added, “I plan on staying retired."