Michael McCarthy joined the City of Monterey in 2002, initially assigned to Human Resources in part to lead negotiations in employee bargaining. He was appointed as Human Resources Director in 2010, and continued to lead successful negotiations in which each bargaining unit agreed to significant concessions and pension reform. In July of 2012, Michael was named Assistant City Manager, and continued his role as Human Resources Director. In December 2013, Michael became the Interim City Manager, and in May 2014 was named as permanent City Manager. Michael’s first task was to balance the FY 13-14 budget, by overcoming a $500,000 deficit, then balanced the projected $1M deficit in FY 14-15. Michael’s priorities include revitalizing Downtown, overseeing the Conference Center renovation, and focusing on rehabilitating the City’s aging infrastructure.
Prior to joining the City of Monterey, Michael worked in the City Manager’s Office for the City of San Jose, where he led union negotiations on behalf of the City Manager and oversaw the training and discipline. Michael also worked for NASA, appointed to the Inspector General’s Office through the Presidential Management Fellowship Program. Prior to NASA, Michael was a Police Officer in Washington State for five years, where he held such assignments as Field Training Officer, Detective, and Reserve Officer Coordinator.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Jose State University, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Washington.
Michael is married with three children, and when not working, can be found on the golf course, camping sites throughout California, or at his children's baseball games, dance recitals, or gymnastic competitions.