The Mountain View City Council is expected to approve McCarthy for the new position at its scheduled public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Selecting the new city manager is among the most important decisions for local elected leaders, and they have screened nearly 70 candidates for the job. In recent weeks, council members met in a series of closed-door meetings to interview their top applicants.
McCarthy will enter the new position with a long resume of experience in government affairs. She started her career in 2007, working as a fiscal analyst for the Kansas Legislature, where she stayed for just over a year. She relocated to California, taking a job for the county of Santa Barbara as a fiscal and policy analyst, and was later promoted to director of administration of the district attorney's office.
McCarthy came to Mountain View in 2014 to take a job as the deputy city manager. During her two years at the city, she worked on developing the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance, and later penned a step-by-step guide for other cities interested in adopting similar policies. She also managed the City Council goal-setting process, led an interdepartmental review of the city's purchasing protocol and helped negotiate contracts with the city's labor unions. Two years later, Redwood City recruited McCarthy to serve as assistant city manager.
Prior to entering government work, McCarthy spent much of her education focusing on a legal career. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Washburn University, and a master's of law from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She later returned to Washburn to get a juris doctorate in law.
"I am honored to be selected by the City Council to be the city manager of Mountain View," McCarthy said in a statement provided by the city. "I look forward to working in partnership with the council in achieving their goals and vision for the city. I'm also looking forward to leading the team of exceptional city employees."
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