Jim Steele

Special Advisor
Phone: 408-437-5400
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Jim spent over 30 years in local government, starting as a budget analyst in the City of Palo Alto and ending as finance director and assistant city manager in the City of South San Francisco. During that time, he developed policies and procedures, reviewed work flow, performed service and fee study reviews, and led several multi-departmental projects including a major new facilities plan and a multi-faceted review of the viability of consolidating services with a neighboring jurisdiction. He also developed sewer and garbage rates in conjunction with long-term capital planning, participated in all aspects of selecting and implementing a new financial software package, developed and administered risk management programs, and participated in labor negotiations and costing.

In his career of keeping budgets balanced, Jim developed long-term financial plans, made numerous financial presentations to bargaining groups, the public, city councils, and the business community, and also participated in five ballot tax measures.