Mountain View selects familiar face as new city manager

Kimbra McCarthy is set to take the reins as Mountain View’s city manager March 2, but it won’t be her first time working for the city.

McCarthy was deputy city manager in Mountain View from 2014 to 2016, before heading to Redwood City for a job as assistant city manager of administrative services, the position she currently holds.

Kimbra McCarthy

The Mountain View City Council was scheduled to vote on McCarthy’s appointment at Tuesday night’s meeting, held after the Town Crier’s print deadline.

McCarthy succeeds Dan Rich, who retired last month after eight years as city manager. McCarthy, who worked under Rich when she was deputy city manager, said part of what drew her back to Mountain View was the way the city government is run.

“The culture in Mountain View is amazing, and it really starts with the city council having a great appreciation for staff and the work that staff does,” she said.

Tackling homelessness

In her new position, McCarthy said she will work with the city council to tackle big issues such as homelessness and people living in RVs. Last fall, the council voted to restrict oversized vehicle parking. However, petitioners have gathered enough signatures to force the council either to repeal the ordinance or submit it to voters on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

When McCarthy was deputy city manager in Mountain View, she said she was involved in the initial stages of researching what a safe parking program would entail and reached out to a variety of community groups. The council approved a safe parking program last year.

McCarthy also pointed to housing affordability as a related issue she will work on.

“Obviously Mountain View is grappling with affordable housing,” she said. “Housing issues are probably one of the biggest challenges throughout our region.”

The council has placed a measure on the March 3 ballot, one day after McCarthy starts her new position, that would amend the current rent control law to set the annual rent increase threshold at 4%. Presently, the percent fluctuates each year based on the inflation rate; the allowed increase is currently 3.5%.

More broadly, McCarthy said she will work with the council on communications and community engagement.

According to a release from the city, McCarthy’s annual starting salary will total $307,000.

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