Who is Mike Futrell and where is he going next?

South San Francisco, CA   June 7, 2018

Mike Futrell and his wife Susan Freeman moved to Francisco Terrace in South San Francisco in the spring of 2014 and our City has not been the same since, many locals say. The tremendous changes for our City were predicted here when we first introduced Mr Futrell on our site have come to part fruition and the results have been very mixed. Appearing gregarious and outgoing, Mr Futrell has earned a solid following on both sides of the road splitting a City that has always been proud of the small town feel.

On March 11, 2014 we published an article that included Mr Futrell’s wiki resume and the City’s press release announcing his hire in our City. Self promoted as a social media guru of sorts, Ms Freeman offered us a different version of a bio the following day, which we published HERE. (Ms Freeman has also earned a mix of reviews since moving here). The word around town, confirmed by a local official, the couple are seeking a place on the County roster as Manager John Maltbie sets to retire. Ms Freeman, Futrell’s number one fan, has blogged about his accomplishments, as well as her own CLICK HERE on her personal website which verifies Futrell’s diverse work history and his coming and going from enterprise to enterprise.

The changes on Mr Futrell’s wiki have caught the attention of many residents and quite a few have written to ESC sharing screen shots that had piqued their interest. “When they first came to South City I was impressed with his bio” a local neighbor wrote “But when I tried to get more information about them, it was like their cyber tracks had been cleared which is weird in retrospect when you see how active they are on the internet since they landed here. What gives?”

In March 2018 his facebook profile name changed from ‘Mike Futrell, City Manager South San Francisco‘ to ‘SSF City Manager, USN 06, Litigator, Husband and Father Mike Futrell‘ with this pinned note to his 550 followers:

‘Note that this is a personal page — not operated by the City of South San Francisco. Mike Futrell is also a USN-06 Nuclear Submariner, Litigator, Husband, Father and Animal Lover. The people who admin this page post things they’d like to share with Mike’s family, friends and followers in the community at-large.

Mike is committed to an open exchange of ideas to build and support our community. If you’d like to contact him directly, feel free to visit his office at City Hall or call his cell at 650-676-0173.’

(At that time South City resident Phil Fioresi had commented on Mr Futrell’s page a respectful comment about increased traffic congestion having negative impact in the City that was immediately deleted which precipitated the changes)

Today’s Letter to the Editor spoke of Mr Futrell’s wiki bio which has undergone more changes since it was sent to us a month ago by another neighbor who also had been inquiring about Futrell’s next move. That neighbor stated when she posed the question of his future intent directly to Futrell ‘…he sure got upset, said he liked it in SSF, it was apparent he was angry at being questioned’.

Because the tremendous changes impacting our City seem to be on warp speed since their arrival, and questions of their possible impending departure continue to be part of the conversation among residents, we are sharing the various wiki updates as this is our City and we should know who is at the helm. Please note wiki articles are written by any individual who may happen to have an interest, or reason, for creating online information on a specific person, place or thing. (Control + will enlarge your screen to read smaller print)


Earlier this year a neighbor sent this to ESC “You’d think he was the Savior of SSF -what a joke.”



Today’s Letter to the Editor spoke of Futrell’s wiki – this is the latest version which Wiki noted ‘This article contains content that is written like an advertisement.’  Keep watch for an update ……


6 comments for “Who is Mike Futrell and where is he going next?

  1. Shelby W.
    June 7, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    the CM doesn’t have my confidence that he will add to the county because he’s basically a politician. City employee buzz is that he leads by deception to get things done. His favorite words are iconic and exciting. His bosses, the city council let him loose in the city, and look what he’s done. I’m sure no one is checking his work,and dread what we will find after he leaves; although I can’t wait till he does.

    He’s a smooth talker with a nice voice but more like a grifter. Personally, anyone with a Facebook page in a responsible position who writes about his mom doesn’t inspire confidence, like he’s working on his image. Maybe he’s an actor playing a role. The internet invents people gives them new identity.

    • your neighbor
      July 6, 2018 at 9:56 am

      guess he didn’t get the county mgr. position and it is going to deputy county mgr, Mike Callagy.
      at least he’s a local. But we’re stuck with MF here. Expect a long fight to keep him in check along with the rest of the city ‘leadership’.

  2. Pat
    June 8, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I guess I’m on that other side of the road, I liked the guy, he seems like a straight shooter but I never knew he was a politician.Past conversations make more sense in that light. Too much construction all over, that I can say. Met the wife a few times early on and it appeared she did not like it here and they put their kid in private school.
    The point is well taken that he is not here to stay and who knows what SSF will look like when he leaves. It won’t be the same City we’ve known.
    Nice guy, but it is a job in a string of jobs.The City should be hiring local people that will stick around, like Barry who came up through the ranks and still lives here.
    btw that Wikipedia is not a resume.

    • Marie
      June 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      So agree…. Can’t wait until he leaves! Hopefully before our city is ruined with all the building and traffic problems. Why come here and ruin what was. Good riddance!

    • katy williams
      June 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Wait what? Their kid is in private school
      why not our public schools not good enough?
      susan is begging $ to help her mom bring her to south city but can afford private school lol
      i herad the city pays him almost half million and they need more lol we all do!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      priorities we choose

  3. your neighbor
    June 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    SSF City Mgr. also goes by the name of Charles Michael Futrell. Was investigated for something in previous roles in government, but apparently cleared.

    His wife infused herself into local issues when they first arrived as if she too was hired. This was a concern since they were/are outsiders but aggressively pursued the demolition of the Municipal Service Bldg.,and we didn’t know why. Later the issue became the first sales tax imposed on the community known as Measure W to build a new Civic Campus – which now they admit doesn’t have enough money to finish the project.

    The City had been steered aggressively selling land for housing and offices and sold off Oyster Point under Cap’n Mike and the city council, ignoring the people’s pleas to stop the building madness. He isn’t alone in the blame burdening SSF’s few roads and old infrastructure with more building, hoping a few traffic light changes will mitigate the congestion after the dust of construction settles.

    While the city manager has done some good, not stellar, he will be remembered for riding into town in a whirlwind and leaving under a cloud.

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