News - April 30, 2008

Maltbie sets retirement date; Boesch may succeed him

After 19 years on the job, San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie will step down at the end of this year.

Mr. Maltbie announced his retirement to the Board of Supervisors April 22 in order to "to give the board sufficient time to recruit and select a successor."

A prime candidate to succeed Mr. Maltbie is likely to be former Menlo Park City Manager David Boesch, who has served as assistant county manager since early 2007. Mr. Boesch was city manager from 2000 until taking his post with the county.

The county manager is appointed by the Board of Supervisors following a broad recruitment process, laid out in the county charter.

In leaving, Mr. Maltbie said, "I will always treasure the memories I will take with me of my years of service to the community."

Since 1989, Mr. Maltbie has been responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a county that now has a budget of $1.7 billion and 5,500 employees.

Mr. Maltbie, 61, began his career in public service after serving as a first lieutenant in the Army. He was city manager in Milpitas, city manager in Glendale, Arizona, and then assistant county manager in Santa Clara County.

During Mr. Maltbie's tenure, the county has implemented a variety of changes in strategic planning and fiscal management, including a budgeting system that measures program performance.

Other accomplishments were school-based children and family services, a MediCal managed care system, and a work-first model for the welfare program. The county also rebuilt its hospital (the San Mateo Medical Center) and a new $125 million Youth Services Center.

Before he leaves, Mr. Maltbie still has to guide the county through one more budget cycle as it faces a structural deficit of $25 million — and growing.


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Apr 30, 2008 at 7:44 am

Didn't Boesch leave MP a scandal ridden mess? I seem to remember some issues. Surely the county can do better.

Posted by The list goes on, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Apr 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

A "scandal ridden mess"? Let's see:

The $6 million-plus taxpayer-financed pool was privatized with hardly a nod to the public process.

Bayfront Park was almost semi-privatized when a private golf course plan (thankfully, it fell through) was fast-tracked by the council majority and city staff, again with hardly a nod to the public process.

The majority of veteran officers fled from the police force, giving clear signals that there was a huge problem in the department. The Boesch-appointed police chief remained at the helm until he got a better offer and left on his own accord.

Using data and analysis from the city's finance office, the council told the public that the city was in financial distress and needed a utility tax. After the tax passed, the crisis was discovered not to exist.

Not even the council was able to get a clear picture of the city's finances, getting mixed messages from the finance department and various staff members.

A mess -- no question. Scandal-ridden? Depends on how you define scandal. I certainly think management that leads to such dismal results is scandalous.

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