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City Selects New City Manager

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Daly City – Mayor Carol Klatt has announced that Daly City has tentatively selected Patricia E. Martel to serve as Daly City’s next City Manager subject to City Council confirmation on Monday, March 28. Martel, the former general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), will assume the top management post in Daly City on May 23rd. She will succeed current City Manager John C. Martin, who is retiring from Daly City following a distinguished career spanning more than thirty years, with almost twenty-five of those years in Daly City.

Martel’s appointment marks a homecoming for the City’s first-ever female city manager. She served as Daly City’s assistant city manager from 1995 to 2001. She left Daly City to become the general manager of the SFPUC, where she was responsible for managing the water delivery system serving 2.4 million people in the Bay Area.

“The Council is pleased to welcome Pat Martel back home to Daly City,” Mayor Klatt said. “We’re eager to work with her and we are confident she will be an excellent city manager.”

Martel has most recently worked for the City of Hayward, in partnership with the Hayward Unified School District and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, to manage and coordinate the planning, design and construction of $36 million of public facilities and infrastructure improvements. Her more than twenty-five years of public service management has also included stints with the cities of Inglewood and South San Francisco.

Martel was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Business Women in the Bay Area (2003) by the San Francisco Business Times, and was also named among the Top 100 Women Business Leaders in the Bay Area (2002). KQED and Kaiser Permanente honored Martel in September 2004 as a Latino Heritage Month Local Hero, acknowledging her outstanding contributions and commitment to community service.

Her community service commitment embraces work as a board member for a number of non-profit human services agencies, among them the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County, the United Way, and the San Francisco Conservation Corps. She was previously an appointed Trustee of the San Francisco Employees Retirement System where she served as President and Vice President of the City’s pension fund board.

Martel has a history of leadership and activism in the LGBT community as well. She served as the first Treasurer and President of the San Francisco Community Center Project Board of Directors which raised $15 million to build a community center designed to serve the diverse needs of the LGBT community and created a new civic institution in San Francisco which opened its doors in 2002.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Martel holds a B.S. degree in Public Affairs, and a master’s degree in Public Administration.