Acting City Administrator Nominated to Serve as First Female, African American Chief Administrative Officer for San Francisco
1/14/12—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the nomination of current Acting City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly for a full five year term as City Administrator. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Board of Supervisors, and if confirmed, Kelly would become the first woman and African American to serve as City Administrator of the City and County of San Francisco.
"Naomi Kelly is a committed public servant and has a deep passion for serving our communities," said Mayor Lee. "She shares my vision of just getting it done for San Francisco. I'm confident that Naomi will bring her vast experience and commitment to the community to lead the City Administrator's Office and drive forward critical infrastructure projects, government innovation and create jobs for San Franciscans."
The Office of the City Administrator manages and implements policies and regulations put forward by the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and the voters and oversees the City's General Service Agency and its nearly 2,100 employees. The General Services Agency includes Public Works, the Department of Technology, Administrative Services, Contract Administration, Purchasing, Real Estate, the County Clerk, 311, Fleet Management, Convention Facilities, Animal Care and Control, the Medical Examiner and Treasure Island.
Kelly became Acting City Administrator in January 2012 when Amy Brown left to become Campbell's new City Manager. As Deputy City Administrator since January 2011, Kelly was responsible for the Office of Contract Administration, Purchasing, Fleet Management and Central Shops. Kelly led the effort to successfully roll out the City's new Local Hire program last year by streamlining rules and regulations, eliminating duplication and creating administrative efficiencies.
In 2004, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Kelly to serve as the City Purchaser and Director of the Office of Contract Administration. Kelly managed the $750 million annual procurement of materials and supplies and professional service contracts that support the operations of City departments. Kelly ensured that City contracting was fair, simple and transparent.
Kelly has also served as Special Assistant in the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, in the Mayor's Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. and served as the City's Executive Director of the Taxicab Commission.
Kelly graduated from New York University, has a law degree from the University of San Francisco and is admitted to practice law in the State of California.