6/29/2022 City of Mountain View Media Release City of Mountain View
Office of the City Manager
500 Castro St., 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA 94039

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City Finance and Administrative Services Director Jesse Takahashi Announces Retirement After 26 Years in Public Service
Contact : Lenka Wright
Chief Communications Officer

Takahashi has been with the City of Mountain View since January 2019

Mountain View, Calif. City of Mountain View Finance and Administrative Services Director Jesse Takahashi has announced his intentions to retire in December 2022. Takahashi’s announcement comes after leading the City’s Finance and Administrative Services Department (FASD) since January 2019, in which he spent the last two-and-a-half years helping the City carefully navigate the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Jesse has been instrumental in helping the City successfully overcome the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic and will be greatly missed,” said City Manager Kimbra McCarthy. “He is a creative and reassuring leader who has been a tremendous asset to the Mountain View community. Our financial standing remains strong thanks to Jesse’s oversight of the City’s budget and funding strategies as indicated by the many awards that our Finance and Administrative Services Department has received over the years and the continuance of our AAA credit rating.”

“I have really enjoyed and appreciate the positive City Council-staff relationships we have here in Mountain View and the high degree of collaboration and respect that exists among our Executive Team,” said Takahashi. “I am especially grateful to our City Manager Kimbra McCarthy who has provided a tremendous amount of support to me personally, as well as to all City staff. Lastly, I wish to recognize the outstanding efforts of my FASD staff who, on a daily basis, have worked diligently and provided top-notch service to our customers during very challenging times.”

As the FASD director, Takahashi is responsible for department operations including financial analysis and budget development, revenue, accounting, risk management, purchasing and support services. He has also served as a member of the City’s Executive Team and supported the City’s COVID-19 pandemic response including serving on the COVID operations team and coordinating financial assistance received from the federal government (Federal Emergency Management Agency/FEMA, U.S. Department of the Treasury) and required reporting. In addition, he is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the City maintained its strong fiscal health and AAA credit rating, and supports Citywide initiatives for sustainability, affordable housing and other development projects.

In addition to Mountain View, Takahashi has worked for the cities of Cupertino and Campbell over his 26 years in public service. Previously, he worked at the CPA firm of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP where he audited a variety of for-profit companies, local governments, universities and school districts. For 25 years, Takahashi has been a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO), which is the statewide association for local government finance officers and their staff. He also served in leadership roles on CSMFO standing committees and served on the Board of Directors including as President in 2015.

Mountain View is expected to begin its search for a new Finance and Administrative Services Director in the fall. Teri Black and Company will conduct the recruitment.

Photo of Jesse Takahashi

About the City of Mountain View
Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, Mountain View is a diverse community with an estimated population of 83,864. Mountain View covers just over 12 square miles, featuring over 1,000 acres of park and wildlife areas including the 750-acre wildlife and recreation area called Shoreline at Mountain View. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to a vibrant downtown and headquarters to many nationally and internationally known corporations including Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and NASA’s Ames Research Center. For more information, visit MountainView.gov.

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