Interview with Incoming ICMA President Pat Martel,
City Manager of the City of Daly City
Written by Chris Castruita
In advance of her induction as the ICMA President later this month at the ICMA National Conference, and her participation as a speaker at the MMASC Annual Conference from October 28-30, I spoke with Pat Martel, the City Manager of Daly City. Over the course of nearly an hour, she discussed how she first got into the profession of local government management, what we can expect at the ICMA Conference, the importance of participating in professional development organizations, and ways that practitioners can support the advancement of diversity at the highest levels of the profession.
What city do you work for, how long have you been there, and what’s your title?
I work for the City of Daly City. I've worked here for about 16 years, 6 of which were as an assistant and 10 as the City Manager. But not continuously. I had worked here for six years and then left for the City and County of San Francisco, and then when my former boss retired, Council asked me to come back as City Manager and so I did.
What initially got you interested in local government?
Well, I actually wasn’t interested in local government management when I went to college initially. I actually studied journalism and public affairs, so I actually wanted to be a political writer.
I had an opportunity to to go to Washington D.C. after I graduated and I worked as a staff assistant on Capitol Hill on the Rules Committee. And so I got exposed to politics in Washington at the very highest level and I got exposed to media in Washington at the very highest level. And while I worked on Capital Hill, I did a lot of interface with Federal agencies, doing constituent work for the member that I worked for along with doing staff work on the Rules Committee.