Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 2:20 pm in Uncategorized.
Add Tom Casey, who has been San Mateo County’s chief lawyer for 20 years, to the list of long-time county officials heading for better days as of late.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that Casey (right), who first joined the office of the District Attorney in 1972, will retire in August. Casey, 61, rose to chief civil deputy in 1980 and was appointed the first county counsel when the office was created as a separate department in 1987.
His replacement, which is hardly a surprise, is Assistant County Counsel Mike Murphy (above, left), who has been with the office since 1982. He was appointed one of two chief deputies in the office in 1998 and was appointed to the newly created assistant county counsel position in July. For 22 years, he has been the county’s principal land use attorney.
Murphy is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).
“Over the course of his 20 years as the county’s first county counsel, Tom has served this board and the citizens of this county with great distinction, exemplifying the highest ideals of public service,” Board of Supervisors President Rose Jacobs Gibson said in a statement. “We are all confident that Mike, a veteran of 25 years in county service, will carry on the tradition of excellent established by Tom.”
This is another notch on the full retirement bed for the county, which saw Sheriff Don Horsley, Public Works Director Neil Cullen, Human Services Agency Interim Director Glen Brooks and Employee and Public Services Director Mary Welch all head for retirement within the last year. More than 90 percent of San Mateo county employees retire before age 65, and well, the baby boomers are getting there, according to a study done for the county last year by San Jose-based consultants Management Partners. The consultants projected that the county will see 4.4 percent of its workforce retiring each year from 2005 to 2010, almost doubling the number of retirements and leaving the county to have to replace almost a quarter of its total workforce during this period.
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