Daly City - San Mateo County Board Supervisor
Michael D. Nevin was named Daly City's "Citizen
of the Year" by outgoing Mayor Michael
P. Guingona at the annual City Council re-organization
meeting held Monday evening, December 9th.
Guingona kept the standing-room only crowd at
the Council Chambers "in suspense"
as he read the recipient's profile prior to
announcing Nevin's name. Nevin, who was in attendance
to administer the oaths of office for Guingona
and newly elected Councilmember Maggie Gomez,
appeared genuinely surprised by the recognition.
"I was particularly touched by (Nevin's)
decision not to run for State Assembly, placing
his family over his own personal interests,"
Guingona noted. The three-time Daly City mayor
also acknowledged that it was Nevin's election
to the County Board in 1992, which created the
Council vacancy that he eventually won in 1993.
"I wouldn't have a (council) seat (otherwise).
(Nevin) would still be sitting here," quipped
the nine-year veteran member of the City Council.
In accepting the award, Nevin said that Daly
City, his home for the last 32 years, is "truly
a special place. Daly City represents all that's
good about this community. Daly City represents
all that's great about America. It is an honor
to receive this award," Nevin remarked
to the delight of the hometown crowd.
For 27 years, Nevin was a member of the San
Francisco Police Department. He was a Planning
Commissioner in Daly City from 1979 to 1982,
was elected to the City Council in 1982, and
served as Mayor in 1984 and 1989. In 1984, with
Nevin as Mayor, the City of Daly City was recognized
by the U.S. Conference of Mayors as an "Outstanding
As Board President of the Catholic Youth Organization
(CYO), the largest youth organization in America,
Nevin received the "Service to Youth"
award. On June 2, 1992, he was elected to the
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, where
he was Board President in 1997 and again, in
Nevin and Kathy, his wife for 35 years, have
lived in the same home in the Westlake area
since 1970, where they raised their three children
(Mike, Jr., Michelle, and Tim), now adults.
In recent years, outgoing mayors in Daly City
have cited various distinguished residents for
the "Citizen of the Year" award. Previous
recipients include "Chip" Wright (2001),
Frank and Leah Berlanga (2000), David Zeff (1999),
Mario Panoringan (1998), Frank and Marie Loretta
(1997), Andre and Herminia Bellarmino (1996),
Edward and Kathyrn Slater Carter (1995), Max
and Elsa Ramos (1994), and Daniel and Adele