South San Francisco, CA November 17, 2022 Press Release
South San Francisco City Manager Mike Futrell, who has been the City Manager since 2014, has accepted a new role as City Manager of Riverside, Calif., starting in January 2023.
“Leaving the wonderful City of South San Francisco is truly bittersweet for me. I remain forever grateful to past and current City Councils, City staff, and residents for their support and friendship,” says South San Francisco City Manager Mike Futrell. “While moving to Southern California allows my wife Susan and me to be closer to family, a piece of my heart will always remain in South San Francisco.”
“City Manager Futrell has served South San Francisco very well for nearly nine years, and I am grateful for his dedication to this City and the many things he has accomplished,” said Mayor Mark Nagales. “While I am personally sad to see him go, I wish him and his family well. Riverside is lucky to have Mike Futrell as their new City Manager.”
Futrell led South San Francisco out of the 2008 Great Recession, strengthening city finances and leading the City to achieve its first AAA credit rating while improving the quality of life with investments in parks, libraries, recreational and childcare programs, public safety, affordable housing, and the under-construction Community Civic Campus and Orange Memorial Park Sports Complex, along with the fully-funded and in design new Aquatic Center. Futrell also managed South San Francisco through the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing recovery through rental and income assistance and opening the Economic Advancement Center to help businesses recover. He also led city equity efforts following the murder of George Floyd, culminating in the formation of a permanent Equity and Public Safety Commission. Under Futrell’s leadership, South San Francisco developed into the Biotechnology Capital of the World with over 250 biotechnology research companies, making South San Francisco the largest healthcare research center in the world.
“During the last nine years, our City has fared well thanks to the leadership of this City Council and previous City Councils. I’m eternally grateful to have had the chance to partner with them along with the finest city staff team I have ever encountered,” adds Futrell. “This City is resilient and will continue to move forward with a visionary City Council and talented city staff. I look forward to watching its continued success.”
The City will be conducting a search for Futrell’s replacement, and the Mayor adds he is confident in the current City’s leadership and city staff during this interim period