Lee Wilcox Named San Jose’s Assistant City Manager

San Jose Deputy City Manager Lee Wilcox has been named Assistant City Manager by top administrator Jennifer Maguire. Maguire, who served as Assistant City Manager until her promotion this month, appointed Wilcox to the role on Friday.

“Lee is a collaborative leader with over 16 years of experience in the City of San José. He is talented in bringing stakeholders together to solve complicated issues,” said Maguire. “I know we can count on his deep commitment to the well-being of our San José community and our City organization to help us ensure we have a strong service delivery system for our community and a focused COVID-19 pandemic recovery effort with and for our residents and businesses.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo called Maguire “an exceptionally dedicated public servant with a singular focus to make our community a better place, which he has demonstrated over his years of public service.”

In addition to his role as Assistant City Manager, Maguire will perform Chief Operating Officer duties.

“Wilcox has a range of experience and holds strong partnerships in the community and within the organization,” according to a news release. “In his most recent role as Deputy City Manager, he assisted the City Manager through the coordination and engagement of several departments to carry out City Council policy direction and ensure service delivery goals. Wilcox’s portfolio consisted of the environmental and utility services and transportation and aviation city service areas, which include the Community Energy, Environmental Services, Airport, and Transportation departments. For the past 18 months, he has simultaneously served as Co-Director of the City’s Emergency Operations Center.”

Wilcox earned his Master of Public Administration in Public Policy and Administration in Local Government from the University of Colorado, Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sonoma State University and a certificate in Local Government Management and Leadership from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Wilcox previously served as Director of the City Manager’s Office of Administration, Policy, and Intergovernmental Relations; Chief of Staff to the City Manager; Budget Director for the Mayor’s Office; Assistant to the City Manager or Senior Executive Analyst in the City Manager’s Office of Economic Development; and Chief of Staff for former Councilmember Nancy Pyle.


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