Monterey, CA. – The Monterey City Council has named Assistant City Manager Mike
McCarthy to the position of Interim City Manager effective January 1, 2014. McCarthy will
lead the 400-person City organization after City Manager Fred Meurer retires at the end
“The City Council has full confidence in Mike’s ability to lead Monterey through the
transition to a new City Manager and to keep key projects moving forward,” said Mayor
Chuck Della Sala. The recruitment for a permanent City Manager is underway but is not
expected to be finalized until spring.
“It is an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading the City of
Monterey as Interim City Manager,” said McCarthy. “My task in the months ahead will be
to continue on the path set by our Council and to keep the organization running
McCarthy’s key areas of focus include preparation of the 2014-15 City budget, in
light of state takeaways of millions of dollars in redevelopment funds; renovation of the
Monterey Conference Center funded by the hotels through creation of a Conference
Center Facilities District; and hiring executives for several open positions, including
Finance Director and Library Director.
Other areas requiring McCarthy’s attention are the future of the Golden State Theatre
and the Cooper-Molera adobe; revitalization of the North Fremont and downtown
commercial districts; and homelessness.
McCarthy has been with the City for more than 10 years. He was promoted to
Assistant City Manager in 2012 and stayed in his position as Human Resources Director.
McCarthy was named Human Resources Director in 2009.
Prior to coming to Monterey, McCarthy worked for the City of San Jose and
NASA’s Office of the Inspector General. He was a police officer for the City of Lake
Forest Park, Washington. McCarthy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State
University and has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of
McCarthy lives in Monterey with his wife and three children. He is actively
involved in community activities in which his children participate, including baseball,
basketball, dance and gymnastics.