Millbrae City Council Hires Interim City Manager
On Tuesday night, the Millbrae City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Tom Williams as Millbrae’s interim city manager.
Williams has served in local government for more than 20 years and comes to Millbrae with a strong background in land use planning and real estate development, expertise that is highly desirable as work moves forward on the redevelopment of Millbrae’s intermodal station and the rebuilding of the Millbrae Community Center.
“We are happy to bring Tom on as Millbrae’s interim city manager,” said Millbrae Mayor Gina Papan. “He comes to us with extensive experience as a city manager and as a land use planner. He is also a Millbrae resident. Of all the candidates, he stood out as the best fit for what we need right now.”
After multiple interviews, and an investigation and background check, the City Council approved Williams. He served as the City of Milpitas’ city manager for 10 years before retiring in 2017. Before that Williams served as the community development director in the City of San Bruno, and the assistant director of community development in the Town of Los Gatos.
“I’m a 22-year resident of Millbrae, so I have a deep connection to the City and what is going on here. From the community center to Millbrae Station, I understand the complex issues the City is facing and how they impact the quality-of-life of the people who live here,” said Williams. “My goal is to keep the positive momentum going and keep the City running smoothly until a permanent city manager is hired.“
During his decades of public service, Williams has led numerous planning and development projects. Notably, he led the development of the Transit Oriented Specific Plan for the City of Milpitas, and led the City’s building of a 60,000 sq. ft. library and 30,000 sq. ft. senior center. In addition, he led Milpitas through the rehabilitation of the City’s water and sewer system.
The formal search for a full-time city manager is ongoing. Bob Murray and Associates was hired to conduct the search.