REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – San Mateo County Manager John L. Maltbie today announced that he has appointed Michael Callagy, deputy chief of the San Mateo Police Department, as Deputy County Manager.
Callagy will focus on public safety. He will work with the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Probation and other departments “to assure maximum effectiveness of County resources and services,” Maltbie said.
“The criminal justice system is undergoing dramatic changes statewide,” Maltbie said, noting that the State has shifted responsibility for supervising additional offenders to counties. “Mike has the experience to ensure that we keep our neighborhoods safe while we also provide the types of programs that are proven to reduce recidivism.”
Callagy will begin November 11. He comes to San Mateo County after rising through the ranks of the San Mateo Police Department to become Deputy Chief.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the San Mateo Police Department for more than 29 years,” Callagy said. “It has been my lifelong passion to work in public service and I have not only had the great fortune to work alongside and collaborate with so many incredibly talented people while working for the community of San Mateo, but will now have the opportunity to do so in the larger community of San Mateo County.”
While with San Mateo, he supervised every unit in the Police Department and has been Deputy Chief for the past seven years. Callagy’s specialty as an officer was narcotics and undercover work.
Callagy has been a leader in higher education as he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University while working as a police officer.
In 2010 he became the first recipient in the County to receive a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Post-Naval Graduate School in Monterey. He is a member of the California State Bar and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Callagy is also active locally and serves on boards of several nonprofit organizations. He and his wife, Lisa, are raising four children on the Peninsula.
“San Mateo County’s gain will definitely be the City of San Mateo’s loss,” said Susan Loftus, San Mateo’s City Manager. “Mike’s exemplary skills, intelligence, principles and leadership have been demonstrated repeatedly throughout his career. He can be proud of the wonderful legacy he is leaving here in San Mateo. He will be greatly missed. Regardless of where he advances in the future, I will always consider him as ‘San Mateo’s own.’”
As Deputy County Manager, Callagy’s additional duties will also include:
• Providing executive direction to emergency communications
• Overseeing the construction of a new emergency communications and emergency operations center
• Directing the development of new programs and initiatives
“I am looking forward to working with County Manager John Maltbie and all of the outstanding leaders in the county as we continue to work together to enhance public safety and service,” Callagy said.
Marshall Wilson, Communications Director, 650-363-4153, firstname.lastname@example.org