Mike Callagy named as San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie’s successor

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San Mateo County Assistant County Manager Mike Callagy was named to succeed John Maltbie as county manager by the Board of Supervisors on Thursday.

Callagy will fully assume his new post when Maltbie retires in November, according to a statement by the county. At its July 10 meeting, the Board of Supervisors will vote on Callagy’s contract. His compensation will include a base salary of $332,800 plus transportation allowance and other benefits, the county said.

Maltbie served as county manager from 1989 to 2008 and returned in December 2012 at the request of the Board. Callagy was selected to succeed him after a nationwide recruitment and several rounds of interviews, the county said.

A lifelong San Mateo County resident who lives in Foster City, Callagy joined the county in 2013 as one of three deputy county managers. He previously had a 23-year career with the San Mateo Police Department, where he retired as deputy chief.

He was named assistant county manager in 2016.

As the new county manager, Callagy is prioritizing public safety and health, fiscal responsibility, innovation and goals and policy objectives as determined by the Board, according to the county.

“Mike is a collaborative leader with deep roots in the community and a passion for public service,” Board President Dave Pine said in the statement. “In the last five years, he’s proven that he is able to get the job done, and he has the skills and vision to build on the strong foundation put in place by John Maltbie.”

Callagy said the new position “offers the unique chance to really see the difference it makes in daily lives and I consider myself lucky to serve the community I call home.”

He expressed gratitude for learning under Maltbie, calling him “an outstanding mentor and role model.”

Maltbie said he’s “pleased that San Mateo County residents will remain in such capable and thoughtful hands.”

Callagy will oversee a $2.75 billion budget and a workforce of more than 5,500 delivering services to about 760,000 residents.

In addition to having a law degree from Santa Clara University, he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in public administration from the College of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the Naval Postgraduate School, according to the county.