City Manager Jim McCann Announces Retirement

October 17, 2019

After a 35-year career in local government, Mill Valley City Manager Jim McCann has announced his retirement effective February, 2020.

McCann joined the City of Mill Valley in 2010 after serving as the City Manager of Calistoga for 11 years. Prior to working in Calistoga, he worked in the Cities of Petaluma, Napa, and Rancho Mirage, California, and for a private land use and environmental planning firm.

“Jim is a dedicated professional with a work ethic that inspires our very high-performing organization,” said Mayor Jim Wickham. “His wealth of knowledge, support and encouragement to all departments and City employees, and commitment to the delivery of high-quality services to the community will be missed.”

“Jim’s influence will continue to positively impact the daily lives of Mill Valley residents for years to come,” said Vice Mayor Sashi McEntee. “From the award-winning Miller Avenue Streetscape Project to the Yellow School Bus Program, to the City’s new LRAD emergency siren system, we are fortunate to have in Jim a City Manager that lead the City on safety and infrastructure improvements that enrich our lives and enhance public safety.”

As City Manager, McCann oversaw a budget of approximately $40 million and an organization comprised of 150 full-time employees across 8 departments that collectively serve a community of nearly 14,000 residents. McCann served as the chief administrative officer of the City and provided leadership to the organization in the implementation of City Council policies.

“I have been blessed and honored to serve as Mill Valley's City Manager,” McCann said. “It has been a privilege during my career to work in local government alongside many exceptional Council members, volunteers, and colleagues. I am proud of our many accomplishments over these years, and I thank the Council and our dedicated staff for the collaborative work, which brought success and benefits to Mill Valley.”

During his tenure in Mill Valley, McCann oversaw important community serving efforts and projects including:

  • The MV2040 General Plan;
  • Miller Avenue Streetscape Project;
  • Implementation of a Community Communication Strategy including televising public meetings, a new website and comprehensive communication tools and protocols;
  • Strategic Plans for the Fire, Police, Library and Recreation Departments and the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin along with the City’s advisory boards and commissions;
  • Launching the Public Arts Program;
  • Renewed attention to the protection and improvement of the Steps, Lanes and Paths network;
  • Coordinated policies and strategies to better address affordable housing needs;
  • Focused expansion of Fire Preparedness and Prevention measures;
  • Execution of a Professional Services Agreement with the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce;
  • Recreation facility upgrades: new Skate Park and Community Garden, reconstruction of Boyle Park Tennis Courts, reconstruction of playing fields at Hauke Park, Bayfront Park, Edna Maguire School and Friends Field;
  • Sustained attention to road improvement projects substantially improving the overall condition of community’s street network;
  • Adoption of the comprehensive Bicycle Pedestrian Transportation Plan;
  • Aggressive measures to reduce pension and other post-employment benefits costs and address unfunded liabilities and the development of a Long-Range Financial Plan;
  • Shared services to improve service and reduce operating costs.

“My time in Mill Valley has been exciting and personally and professionally rewarding,” McCann continued. “While there is much on our plates and exciting challenges yet to be tackled, I believe that now is the right time for me to step down. We have an outstanding senior management team in place and a solid foundation for our municipal affairs. Mill Valley is in a very strong position, and I am sure has a brilliant future.”

McCann looks forward to spending more time with his wife Gretchen Stranzl McCann, a Mill Valley native, and landscape architect, and his dog, Theo and visiting their two adult children. McCann plans to start his retirement skiing, travelling, camping in his VW Westy, and growing amazing tomatoes.

Mayor Wickham indicates that the City Council will outline priority items they want McCann to pursue over the coming months. The City Council will confer on next steps for the recruitment for the next Mill Valley City Manager. Further information regarding the recruitment process will be announced in upcoming weeks.

Media Contact: Linn Walsh, Senior Management Analyst
Phone: 415-388-4863