Biography of Larry Patterson

In March 2014 Larry Patterson was appointed by San Mateo City Council as City Manager and brings over 30 years experience in both the private and public sectors. Patterson served in the capacity of Interim City Manager for approximately six-months while the City conducted a search to permanently fill the City Manager position.

Prior to his appointment, Patterson served as San Mateo’s Public Works Director for 13 years. In this capacity he provided consistent leadership to a department of 130 employees and oversaw an annual operating budget of $12 Million and a Capital Improvement Budget ranging from $12 to $30 Million annually.

Patterson’s leadership is an asset within the City organization, and he is well-respected throughout the San Mateo community and regionally. He led many intra-departmental committees and projects including the implementation of the City’s Sustainability Plan, reviewing and recommending projects for alternative service delivery methods, and facilitating the negotiation of key development projects including two Transit Oriented Development projects within the City’s Rail Corridor. Additionally, he led and facilitated Citizens Advisory Committees and has participated in regional initiatives such as the South Bayside Waste Management Authority.
Prior to San Mateo, Patterson was the founding Principal and owner of Patterson Associates, a transportation engineering consulting firm, serving public and private clients throughout California. Patterson Associates represented clients such as the Contra Costa County Growth Management Program, the Bay Area High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Study, and Regional Traffic Signal Operations Study as well as numerous private projects including Bay Meadows Phase I, Bridgepointe, and Pleasant Hill BART Area Specific Plan.

Before establishing his own consultancy, Patterson worked as an engineer with numerous consulting firms including CH2M Hill in Bellevue, Washington and San Jose, JHK & Associates in Emeryville, and DKS Associates in Oakland. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington and received his Master’s Degree in Civil and Transportation Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.