City Manager Steven G. McHarris announced the appointment of Matt Cano as the City’s next Deputy City Manager.  

Matt has more than 23 years of public sector experience with the City of San Jose, having worked in various roles in the departments of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works as well as in  the City Manager’s Office. Most recently Matt has been serving as the Director of Public Works, leading a department of 647 full time employees. The department has a primary role in delivering a $3.7 billion 5- year capital improvement program (CIP) as well as providing citywide services such as labor compliance,  animal services, and maintenance and operation of city facilities and fleet. During his time serving as the Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, Matt oversaw operations of a department with 685 FTEs with a $97 million annual operating budget and a $305 million 5-year CIP. 

“Matt’s extensive background in local government, his deep commitment to public service, and his collaborative style made him the right choice for the role of Deputy City Manager,” said City Manager Steven G. McHarris. “We will be leaning on his wealth of experience to coordinate several citywide programs and initiatives such as grants, legislative advocacy, and partnerships with external agencies, as well as to oversee the Community Services and Sustainable Infrastructure City Service Area which includes the departments of Engineering, Public Works, and Recreation and Community Services. I’m very happy to welcome him to the City’s executive team and confident that he’ll be a great asset to the Milpitas community.” 

“I am excited to work with an incredibly talented and hard-working team. I am very eager to start collaborating on many fronts with City staff and other stakeholders on important issues for the Milpitas community. I am extremely honored to be chosen for this position and look forward to serving the community,” Matt Cano stated. He will be joining the City in his new role on Monday, January 30, 2023. 

Matt is a licensed Civil Engineer and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Matt is a Bay Area native and currently lives in Fremont with his wife and their two boys. Matt enjoys running and hiking on the various trails throughout the area and spending time with his family. 

About the City of Milpitas 

Located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay, Milpitas is a progressive community that is an integral part of Silicon Valley. A full-service city with water utility, sewer utility, police and fire services, Milpitas is a flourishing community with a very diverse and inclusive resident population of over 80,000. Often referred to as the Crossroads of Silicon Valley, the City is situated between major thoroughfares in the Bay Area and considered a highly desirable location for world-class technology companies seeking to build a central base of operations. With the addition of the new Milpitas Transit Center offering BART, light rail, and bus service, and multiple new mixed-use development projects, along with a host of new City Plans and Programs in support of an inspiring and sustainable future, the City is at the forefront of building the next generation economy. For more information, visit: