Julie Mares Joins Management Partners as Chief Operating Officer

Julie Mares, who has held a wide range of roles in her 24-year local government career, including city manager of Milpitas, California, is joining Management Partners as chief operating officer. Mares will have operating responsibility for the entire firm, which serves local government leaders across the U.S. to improve their organizations.

Management Partners has three national offices and approximately 100 associates, including 23 former city/county managers. We have served nearly 1,000 clients in 42 states.

“Julie’s understanding of the unique demands of local government, and her grasp of best practices for organizational improvement, are exactly what our firm needs as we continue to expand our service to cities, counties and special districts across the country,” said Jerry Newfarmer, president and CEO of Management Partners. “Our founding mission of service to local government leaders requires that we increase our capacity in response to a growing need, and Julie is the perfect person to help us do exactly that.”

Mares’ local government service spans three cities – 11 years in San Jose and 12 in Tucson, in addition to her tenure in Milpitas – and roles as varied as City Manager, Deputy City Manager of Neighborhood Services, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, Deputy Director of Budget and Research, and Human Resources Administrator.  Her varied experience, both in functions and jurisdictions, will be an asset to Management Partners, which assists small, mid-sized and large cities, counties and special districts. Her responsibility for strategic planning and process improvement prepares her well for our consulting work.

“For over twenty years, it has been my honor to work in public service and to collaborate with others to build and maintain healthy communities. I was drawn to the opportunity that Management Partners offers to help fellow leaders in this demanding and rewarding role,” Mares said. “From strategic planning to process improvement to organizational analysis, I have always enjoyed learning and implementing new ways for local government to be more efficient and effective, and I’m eager to help Management Partners and its clients reach new heights of excellence.”

Newfarmer founded Management Partners 25 years ago, after serving as city manager in San Jose and Fresno, California and Cincinnati, Ohio, to help local government leaders improve their operations. Management Partners has a proven track record providing clients with professional expertise in all aspects of local government management. The firm’s staff includes leaders and managers with practical experience in all aspects of local government, as well as a management bias and a practical bent. Our client list includes many large cities and counties as well as small cities, counties, villages, towns and townships throughout the United States.