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City Manager Patricia Martel Selects New Assistant City Manager - Julie Thuy Underwood to Fill Post

City Manager Patricia Martel announced that she has selected Julie Thuy Underwood to serve as Daly City’s Assistant City Manager.  Underwood has 15 years of local government management experience and most recently served as the City Manager of Shoreline, Washington, a position she left in 2013.  Her tenure as City Manager in Shoreline began in 2011, when she ascended to the City’s top management post after serving 9 years as the City’s Assistant City Manager.  

“I am certain that she will make valuable contributions to our organization and community,” Martel said.  “She has an impressive breadth of local government experience that makes her uniquely qualified to hit the ground running.”  Ms. Underwood starts her new job Monday, March 24 and will be introduced to the community at the City Council meeting that evening. 

Ms. Underwood left a legacy of achievement in Shoreline, including the redevelopment of the Aurora Avenue commercial corridor that leveraged $200 million of private and public reinvestment.  Among other accomplishments, Underwood developed Shoreline’s first ever 10-year Financial Sustainability Plan and created partnerships with the local school district and  the State of Washington to establish joint use agreements for recreational activities.  Prior to serving in Shoreline, she was the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Rockville, Maryland. Underwood also worked for communications and public affairs firms in Washington, DC.

“I am so excited to join the Daly City Management Team,” beamed Underwood.  “Patricia Martel’s is well-respected among City Managers and this is an incredible opportunity.  I’m excited about being an Assistant City Manager again, and Daly City feels right, it feels like home.”  

Underwood earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Politics from George Mason University and is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager. She has served on the boards of the Washington City/County Management Association, the Municipal Research & Services Center Board of Washington, Metropolitan Association of Local Government Assistants, American Society of Public Administration Maryland Chapter, and served as president of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary Club.