The South San Francisco City Council has appointed Sharon Ranals as the City’s interim City Manager. Ranals is currently the Assistant City Manager, and before that role, she served as the City’s Parks and Recreation Director.

“Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge about the City of South San Francisco to this position, and I have tremendous confidence in her abilities to serve in this capacity,” says South San Francisco City Manager Mike Futrell. “She is a leader who has earned the respect of her colleagues and the City Council and will continue to move this City forward.”

Throughout her career, Sharon has been instrumental in securing grant funding and implementing several significant projects and programs, including constructing Centennial Way and the Joseph Fernekes Recreation Building at Orange Memorial Park. As Parks and Recreation Director, Sharon led an award-winning team of over 400 full and part-time city staff, responsible for park maintenance and operation, recreation programs, services for seniors, including operation of the Senior Center, pre-k and after-school programs at six school sites, and building maintenance for all city facilities. She will be the first female in South San Francisco’s history to serve as Interim City Manager.

Sharon will continue her involvement in the planning of the new Community Civic Campus, implementing ballfield and parks improvements, the General Plan update, renovations at Oyster Point Marina, civic beautification, efforts to address graffiti and illegal dumping, and a host of other issues.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the trust the City Council has shown in allowing me to serve South San Francisco as its interim City Manager,” says Sharon Ranals, Interim City Manager. “We have a strong team, the City is fiscally sound, and we are in a good position to continue to make the City of South San Francisco a great place for residents to live and visitors to enjoy.”

Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. In 2017, she was recognized by the California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board members as the state-wide Outstanding Professional of the Year. In 2022, coworkers nominated her for the Local Government Champion award through the Institute for Local Government.

The City will begin a nationwide search for a permanent City Manager starting in January 2023.

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