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City Manager Dave Sykes
Dave began his career with the City of San José as a part-time engineering trainee in 1987 and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. This included working on Regional Transportation Projects, Permitting, Development Review and Capital Project Delivery. As Assistant Director of Public Works, Dave was responsible for the oversight and delivery of over $700M of public improvements in the “Decade of Investment” funded by voter-approved bonds.

As Public Works Director and City Engineer, he led the successful consolidation of General Services and Public Works to create a more streamlined department and engaged staff and other departments in identifying creative service delivery changes to achieve cost savings and service improvements.

In 2014, Dave also successfully served as the Interim Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement for the City of San José until a permanent Director was appointed. Dave has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, both from San José State University and is a registered Civil Engineer. Dave previously served as President of the Municipal Public Works Officials of Santa Clara County, is a member of the Industry Advisory Council for the School of Engineering at SJSU and is the Chair of the Department Advisory Committee for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at SJSU.

Under the San José City Charter, the city manager serves as the city’s chief administrative officer and reports directly to the City Council. The city manager is responsible for administration of day-to-day municipal operations and the implementation of council policies. The city manager is also responsible for overseeing San José’s $3 billion annual budget and the City’s 5,700 employee workforce.