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Milpitas city manager steps aside after one year in job

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Milpitas City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares will resign after serving in the position for one year, the city announced Wednesday. She will be replaced in the interim by Deputy City Manager Steve McHarris, who will be formally appointed to the role when the City Council meets June 4.

Edmond-Mares, the city’s first female city manager, said via statement she is proud of what she accomplished during her tenure:

“I’ve deeply enjoyed working here, and I’ve learned much and grown more as a professional city manager. … I will miss the friends I have made both inside City Hall and in our community, but I look forward to the opportunity to apply the lessons and insights that I’ve gained from my experience in Milpitas.”

Mayor Richard Tran lauded her “tremendous progress” in stabilizing the city’s administration, addressing long-term budget programs and fostering a supportive relationship between the City Council and senior executive staff.

Edmond-Mares’ predecessor, Tom Williams, resigned after 10 years in the position in 2017 amid a legal dispute with Tran and allegations that he was using his city credit card for personal expenses.

Tran said in a statement:

“We’re pleased that Milpitas is now being run more efficiently than in prior administrations.”

Neither Edmond-Mares nor the city provided a reason for her resignation.

McHarris previously served as director of the Milpitas Planning and Neighborhood Services Department and deputy director of the San Jose Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department.

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