Steven McHarris

Interim City Manager

Biographical Summary

Steve McHarris is currently serving as the Interim City Manager for the City of Milpitas since June 2019. Most recently, he served as Deputy City Manager since 2018 and oversaw the operations of three departments: Building Safety and Housing, Planning, and Economic Development, as well as related inspection activities and development services in the Engineering and Fire departments. McHarris has a successful history with the City, having previously served as Director of Planning and Neighborhood Services from 2012 until 2015, when he joined the City of San Jose as its Planning Official of the San Jose Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department.

McHarris’ 31 years of public service not only includes his service at Milpitas and San Jose, but also his planning roles for the City of Fremont and University of California, Irvine. He advanced into planning and leadership roles with the cities of Soledad, Atascadero, Milpitas, and San Jose. He also served in the past as an appointed Design Review Board member for the City of Orange and an elected Town Council member in the County of San Luis Obispo.

A graduate of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, he holds a master’s degree in public administration/urban planning from California State University Fullerton and is an American Institute of Certified Planning (AICP) certified planner.

McHarris has led award-winning planning efforts in communities he has served, including visioning plans for Milpitas that received Bay Area, state and national recognition by the American Planning Association. He is always open to sharing new thoughts with residents and businesses, and incorporating local community perspectives into City services.

During his tenure with the City of Milpitas, he has established a reputation as a creative, collaborator, and visionary leader and looks forward to supporting the City Council and contributing towards making Milpitas even better than it is today.