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County Supervisor is Citizen of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2002
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Michael P. Guingona, outgoing Mayor - Daly City
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COUNTY SUPERVISOR NEVIN IS
DALY CITY'S 'CITIZEN OF THE YEAR'


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 City".

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 2001.

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 Gilbrech (1993).